The Whole Versus the Individual
December 7, 2017

The Fundamentals of Private Tutoring

Today, we know that not all students learn in the same manner or at the same pace. The typical classroom setting is, more often than not, approximately twenty-five students in a room with one instructor. This can often lead to a wide gap in the students’ comprehension of the topic. When students who are struggling see that their peers understand the material, they start to lose their self confidence, causing them to refrain from asking questions and to move on to the next topic without truly comprehending the first one. This is not only detrimental to the student’s grades, but, in the long run, they will become disheartened and frustrated, causing a loss of interest in school and learning in general. .

How does tutoring help?

Private tutoring can help the student alleviate some of the social and academic pressure and anxiety they may feel in the classroom.

  • By working one-on-one with a tutor who uses the learning style most beneficial to the student, the student gets the attention they need and personalized instruction geared towards attacking their individual problems.
  • By demonstrating to the students that there are multiple techniques that can be applied to learn one topic, the tutor shows the student that there are different approaches and helps the student find the one that is right for them. This will build the student’s confidence and make it less daunting for them to ask questions and offer their thoughts in class. 
  • By using proper teaching methods to assist the student’s comprehension, the tutor will foster a feeling of independence and self-confidence in the student. When self-confidence is increased, the student is more likely to ask questions, creating a unique learning experience for the student.

My child does relatively well in school. Why would they need a tutor?

A common misconception about tutoring is that students must get a tutor only in the subject area in which they are struggling. Tutoring can help students in other ways besides improving academic abilities in weak subject areas. One of the most effective ways to help students gain all the skills they need to be successful in school is by addressing all subjects, even ones in which the student may be excelling. If a student goes to a tutor knowing they will only be doing work they struggle with, the student can easily become uninterested in the material or may become infuriated when they cannot understand a certain topic. By addressing all different topic areas during the student’s session it will increase focus, self-confidence, and work and study habits.

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Why should I pay for a tutor when my child can stay after school with their teacher?

Many students often turn to their teachers/professors for help when they do not comprehend a topic. While the teacher is clearly qualified to do so, private tutoring can offer a more personable environment in which to foster the student’s learning. Knowing that the teacher is the one giving them a grade on their assessment, the student might feel intimidated when approaching their teacher/professor. Maintaining a personal relationship with a private tutor will allow for the student to ask more questions and feel more comfortable in their own unique learning environment. It’s important to take the time to assess what type of learning environment a student excels in. For students that need help on staying focused, they may benefit from a tutor that has strict focus on the work. It’s important to use a tutor that can act as both a mentor and an older sibling.Additionally, working with a tutor one-on-one can also help a student learn how to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with others. Growing and sustaining a relationship with a private tutor encourages cooperation and communication in an academic setting.

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