A good tutoring experience is tailored to the needs of your child. Don’t settle for a one-size-fits-all scenario.
Tutoring can be a considerable expense on top of regular school fees so it’s understandable that you want to maximise your investment. But judging the short and long term effectiveness of tutoring isn’t just about exam results.
Getting the most from every minute with your tutor often comes down to finding the right fit. Is the format suitable for your child’s learning approach and attention span? Does the tutor provide enough encouragement and clarity? Is the content aligned with what they’re learning at school?
Here’s how to achieve the best tutoring experience for your child.
Choose The Right Tutor
Unlike a regular classroom situation, which offers little or no input when it comes to teacher allocation, you can actually choose who tutors your child. When finding the best fit, look beyond academic credentials (although these are certainly important) to the interpersonal factors that will shape the relationship between your tutor and child. These things impact the way your child learns just as much as the right study materials and practice questions.
Does the tutor communicate clearly? Do they have a forceful or overbearing nature? Are they playful or serious? Perhaps your child needs a humorous teacher or maybe a more disciplined approach is best for them. If your child is struggling with confidence, look for someone who displays clear tendencies towards patience and support. Don’t be afraid to shop around to find the right candidate.
Ensure The Content is Relevant and Up to Date
Quality content is one of the most important aspects of learning. Not only should the practice questions and textual analyses be current and mapped to the Australian curriculum, but these resources need to be as useful as possible to each individual student. This means that resources must be aligned with what a student is covering in class, as well as being appropriate to their individual learning needs.
Review Their Progress and Approach
A child’s development can shift and leap within weeks, especially with the personalised attention that comes from tutoring. What they may have been struggling with at the beginning of the year might be one of their best subjects by term’s end. Similarly, constant monitoring and regular progress reports let you know if a method just isn’t working for your child. Switching tracks quickly, whether that means changing tutors or rethinking your approach, means that you don’t waste time and money on a bad experience.
Look Beyond Test Scores
We all want our children to do well. Whether it’s because we’re investing so much in their education or simply because we want them to have every opportunity after they graduate, there’s no denying that good grades are a pathway to future success. Tutoring is absolutely intended to help improve your child’s grades, however another, more fundamental purpose is to bolster their confidence and deepen their enjoyment of school so that they might become a lifelong learner.
By all means, pay attention to whether those assignment marks or test scores improve within 3-6 months of tutoring, but also take note of your child’s attitude towards study, and make sure you see a positive uptick.
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