If this is your first time entering the world of private tutoring, you are going to want to familiarise yourself with the various tasks that are involved. If your child requires more one-on-one attention than their school is able to provide, you may want to consider private tutoring as an alternative to public schooling for your child. By providing them with individualised instruction, it also assists children who have learning disabilities or who are struggling academically to achieve success in their academic pursuits.
However, this approach to schooling does come with a few drawbacks that should be considered. For example, the rates that private tutors charge can vary greatly depending on where you live and the amount of experience they have teaching students who are similar to you; in addition, these costs do not include any materials that may be required for lessons that are not covered in textbooks (i.e., art supplies).
Students can receive individualised instruction through the use of a service known as private tutoring, which is provided by either a single person or a group of people. In this piece, I will discuss both the positive and negative aspects of hiring a private tutor. There are many facets to consider.
Higher test scores, increased subject matter knowledge, more time for personal attention with fewer distractions, and improved academic performance are some of the advantages that can be gained from this. Unfortunately, there are some drawbacks as well that might not be appealing to all people. One of these is a lack of socialisation skills as a result of not being exposed enough in school environments with other children their age. This could be a deal breaker for some people. In the end, everything boils down to the educational experience that you envision for your child while they are still developing their understanding of new ideas.
Private Tutoring: The Pros And Cons Of Getting Some Extra Help
Because tutoring is effective, the surge in demand for private tutoring services in recent years is not particularly surprising. According to a number of studies, it has the potential to move a student's grade level by approximately one and a half grades. This could mean an improvement for a student from a grade of low D to a grade of good C or from a grade of low B to a grade of good A.
The following are some of the advantages and disadvantages of hiring a private tutor for your child that you might want to take into consideration:
- Private tutors can work at a child’s pace. This is probably the number one consideration for seeking private tutoring. If you are a parent, you can surely recall the time you were at school, and for some reason, you lacked the basis for complex areas like calculus and geometry, and you always wished that someone would explain these areas to you from scratch. Tutors can do just that; unblock one area of learning to make way for further learning.
- Private tutors can give your child much-needed one-to-one attention. Is your child very visual, relying on maps, picture and visual stimuli to learn? Does your child prefer to learn by jumping directly into an activity rather than spending a long time reading text information? Children, like adults, have different learning styles, and a personal tutor is able to cater classes to their preferences in the way that an educator teaching 20-odd kids at once is simply unable to. Private tutoring can save your child from falling through the cracks of an education system which can often be all too generic.
- Private tutors can work on specific obstacles to learning: Dyslexia, dyspraxia, sight impairment or hearing loss can get in the way of a child learning and communicating. A specialised, qualified tutor with experience and true vocation can help your child advance in leaps and bounds.
- A good private tutor will not only teach your child core subjects; they will also teach them vital study skills: These include time management, handy tips like summarising and focusing on titles while skim reading, and strategies like paying attention to what the teacher emphasises in class, in order to predict the content of future tests.
- Private tutoring is extremely flexible these days: With online tutoring agencies like Superprof, your child can study when it best suits them, which means that they can fit study into an all-round schedule which should include time for hobbies, sports, etc.
- Private tutoring is convenient: If you can find a tutor who is willing to come to you instead of vice-versa, you will save the time and bother involved in travel.
- Private tutoring allows you to access the very best material possible: If you have done your homework and hired a qualified tutor with good references and a true vocation for what they do, they will not only be using your child’s textbooks to teach; rather, they will be knowledgeable on a host of alternative teaching methods (for instance, the Montessori and Steiner-Waldorf methods), which focus less on the structure and more on discovering the way we actually learn and retain information.
- A private tutor will help your child set goals and objectives for themselves: Study is not just about improving one’s marks at school; it is also about achieving specific targets which can go beyond those determined by the official curriculum. For instance, a gifted three-year-old may be given the goal of mastering a higher Oxford Reading level than her age suggests. This ensures that gifted and talented children (as well as those who are slightly more advanced than their peers) can continue to be stimulated and challenged, which is particularly vital for high-level learners.
- A private tutor frees parents from the duties of conducting a child’s homework sessions themselves: Especially if our children are entering their teens, some subject matter can be challenging even for parents: this includes areas like advanced maths and new technologies. In addition, most parents feel like they don’t have enough time to be with their children and would prefer not to spend the little time they have with their teens on something potentially conflictive or tense as study.
- Personal Attention- When in a classroom, a teacher cannot always halt the entire lesson to explain a problem over again for one student. With a tutor, children have the time to keep asking all of their questions until they understand the concept.
- Work at Their Own Pace - When your child gets this one-on-one attention, they get to work at their own pace and can keep going over something until they fully grasp it.
- Tailored Study Time - A one-on-one tutoring session is tailored to students’ specific needs and how they need to study, which is not available in the traditional classroom. This can be especially helpful to children with learning obstacles like dyslexia and ADHD.
- Learn Good Study Habits - Tutorhub explains that a good tutor also teaches time management, handy tips like what and how to focus on summarizing and titles while skimming, and strategies like paying attention to what the teacher emphasizes in class so that they can better predict they content on future tests.
- You See Real Results - Enlighten me says that sessions with private tutors often result in dramatic improvements in grades, entrance exam scores and test scores - and for many students, only a few sessions are needed before improvements are seen.
- Children can feel pressured by their parents: Ideally, the idea of private tutoring should come from the child rather than her parents. This is because a child can close off to their tutor if they feel like their parents are being too pushy.
- Children need to learn to overcome their own difficulties: Some critics argue that private tutoring is tantamount to serving up education to your child on a platter. Instead, they should learn, so say these critics, to succeed through their own efforts exclusively (a good tutor will not spoon-feed your child, of course, but rather, motivate and provide them with direction).
- Safety: Some parents worry about how safe their kids are with adults they do not know. They should always ensure that they are dealing with an agency that properly screens its tutors or a private tutor that can provide them with references and a DBS/ CRB check, which will ensure the tutor has no prior convictions. For those curious to understand more about DBS and CRB checks, check out our recent blog post on the subject.
- Extra-curricular activities may suffer: If you cannot afford a tutor who comes to your home, your child will probably spend valuable time getting to and from the tutor’s home or office. Outside interests such as sports and music are equally informative to a child’s growth and development. Time constraints can be a reason to forego private tutoring.
- It's Expensive - Care.com says that you should expect to pay anything from $10-$15 an hour for a high school student and up to $75 an hour for a certified teacher with experience as a tutor.
- Time-Consuming - Going to a tutor can take up a lot of time. This may take time out of a child's other extracurricular activities like sports and music, which are equally important to a child's growth and development.
- Conflicting Personalities - Personality conflicts can arise between students and their tutors, which can hinder their sessions. Before officially hiring a tutor or signing a contract (if required), ask if they would be willing to have a trial run for free or half-price to make sure they can work well together.
- Accessibility and Transportation - Figuring out transportation in rural areas can be difficult, especially if the tutor is under the driving age. Be sure to work this out and make arrangements well in advance.
- Finding Quality - Quality can be hard to find. Do your research and ask around your network for a few recommendations. Word of mouth can be the best source when it comes to finding a quality tutor you can not only trust but who is reliable.
In summary, tutoring is an effective way of learning. It comes with powerful advantages, not least as it’s the means to get better grades at school and maybe improve life prospects. There are disadvantages, however, such as its cost. It’s your call, and I hope that this article has helped you come to your own conclusion about whether it is right for you.
Advantages And Disadvantages Of Private Tuition
The questions that parents ask when their child is enrolling into primary school:
- Does enrichment lessons really benefit my kids?
- Does my kid need tuition?
- What kind of tuition to choose? 1 to 1 or group tuition?
- Which tuition centre to go to?
There are two; private (1 on 1) or group (class setting) when it comes to tuition. This is what I think from my years of experience: having 1 to 1 tuition, small group tuition, and even larger groups in one of Singapore’s more established tuition centres.
For clarity, 1 to 1 tuition (private tuition) refers to tuition where one tutor faces one student, either in a home setting or within a tuition centre.
Advantages Of Private Tuition
In my earlier years, when I’m still new to teaching, I had thought that 1 to 1 tuition is the most effective form of tuition. The common advantages:
- Undivided attention – The student has the tutor all to himself/herself
- Instant feedback for students for maximal learning – Timely feedback is the way in which students learn
- Flexible lesson schedule – It is easier for you to change the schedule with the tutor
As long as a parent could afford the expensive fees of 1 to 1 tuition, why not go for it, right?
For the majority of the students out there, it’s not true. The “pros” may actually be bad for your child. In addition, there are many more hidden cons that no one else has really talk about.
Disadvantages Of Private Tuition
Although it is true that the one-on-one tutor will provide your child with the best possible assistance, doing so will, over time, build an unhealthy dependence on the tutor. Employing a one-on-one tutor is incompatible with developing an independent learning mindset, which is essential to long-term academic success.
You will, in fact, be able to assist your child in overcoming the educational obstacles that currently exist. For instance, in the Elementary school, the Middle school, and the Junior college. But what about life after college and after graduation?
Will it be difficult for your child to transition to learning in a group setting in the future, especially after spending so many years learning how to learn from a one-on-one tutor?
It may be many years in the future for our children, but as their parents, we need to think very far ahead for them.
Learning is greatly aided by receiving feedback in a timely manner. I am not going to argue the point. But feedback that is given too quickly?
At Eton, we always preach and teach students how to properly think through problems, and one of the skills that we hope to instil in our students is the ability to analyse questions, check for careless mistakes, and go through a proper thinking process. We want them to be able to think for themselves and accept responsibility for the decisions they have made regarding the answers.
There are times when instant feedback runs counter to this. The feedback is provided to the student before they have had the opportunity to process, think about, or check through the questions and their answers. In most cases, it interrupts the train of thought that children have been having – I mean, would you pay a lot of money for a private tutor who would just wait for your child to think?
Although I do my best to assist my students through WhatsApp, there are times when I am unable to respond right away because I may be in the middle of a class or preoccupied with some other aspect of my life. I have come to the realisation that it is common for students, while they are in the process of typing out the question, that they are able to think through the question and are subsequently able to solve the question before I have even answered them.
They are able to complete the correct thinking processes that were demonstrated and emphasised in my classes, as well as put those processes into practise before I provide feedback. Many of my students are able to improve their performance on the national exams as a result of this.
They would become overly dependent on it, and it is possible that they would remain so throughout the entirety of their academic career if it were instantaneous.
Flexible Lesson Schedule
Once a weekly schedule has been established for the majority of students, it is unlikely that it will be altered. And this is to the benefit, as it helps to establish a habit as well as a good discipline for the structure that is to follow. However, the vast majority of experienced and qualified one-on-one tutors do not permit flexible lesson scheduling. This is due to the fact that the beginning of the school year is typically a very busy time for them.
The vast majority of one-on-one tutoring sessions do not adhere to any kind of lesson structure or planning.
Most one-on-one tutoring done at a student's home consists of the student asking the tutor school questions, using school notes and worksheets, and so on. This is the case the majority of the time. At other times during the lesson, random question compilations from assessment books that have been purchased previously will be used.
When giving lessons to a small group of students for tuition, we plan out our lessons (in terms of what to teach and timeline). We use our own proprietary materials, which include concept-building worksheets and notes that are unique to our company. These materials teach students how to recognise different types of questions that may be asked. In addition, we make use of lesson props to give our students a first-hand opportunity to engage in kinaesthetic learning.
How many one-on-one tutors would come to your home to teach you and bring the necessary learning materials?
No Peer Interaction
In 1 on 1 lessons, there is no interaction at all between the students' peers.
Students are able to gauge where they stand in comparison to their classmates from other schools through the use of small group tuition that incorporates peer interaction.
Peer learning is already practised in schools, but this only provides students with a general idea of how well they are performing academically in comparison to their classmates. However, national examinations are not just for a single school but rather for the entirety of the country as a whole.
If it's done right, this could help motivate students to engage in positive competition with one another to become better versions of themselves.
Tough To Hire Experienced Tutors
There are a lot of tutors who offer 1-on-1 lessons, but it can be challenging to find ones who are both experienced and qualified.
It is typical for the experienced and qualified one-on-one tutors to have their schedules booked up early in the year. Consider the following: a diligent tutor who works seven days a week could possibly only teach a maximum of two lessons during the weekdays and four lessons on the weekends. That means there will be no more than 18 students. In what amount of time do you believe all 18 available spots would be occupied?
This number drops when you take into account the fact that the tutor might not work full-time or might want a day or two off every now and then.
So Who Really Needs 1 To 1 Tuition?
Undoubtedly, there will be a few exceptional circumstances in which one-on-one tutoring will prove to be more beneficial; provided, of course, that you find the appropriate instructor.
Students who require additional attention, despite the fact that the examinations are drawing near.
Students who are already performing at or above an 85 percent level (at least for secondary and junior college), and who aspire to perform even better in order to graduate first in their class.
One of the primary detriments of private tutoring is its expenses. Recruiting a quality coach with capabilities and related knowledge can be exorbitant, and numerous families will most likely be unable to manage the cost of it.
Private tutoring is worth it, but you have to know that you will have to invest time and money if you are looking to improve your skills and overall results in school. ... In the end, private tutoring is a lot cheaper than enrolling children in private schools.
Tutoring can help strengthen subject comprehension, boost confidence, and build important learning skills. Tutoring gives students individualized attention that they don't get in a crowded classroom. This helps children who struggle to keep up, as well as those who aren't challenged enough.