Most parents are surprised when they view their child's grade book to check the progress and to their surprise, their child is failing subjects, falling behind and they just don’t understand. Panic starts to increase - “my child is bright, driven and has always done okay in school. What has changed? What was going on?”
When you confront your child they confide that they just didn't like school anymore. So you dig deeper. "What is it about school you don't like anymore?" They say it was hard, there was too much to do, he couldn't keep up and he just wasn't as smart as the other kids in the class. Try as you might to help them to catch up and be motivated, they resist your help and continue to struggle. The frustration increases when you try to help them work out math problems or general school work. You feel like a mouse on a running mill making little progress.
Upon this realisation, and potentially advised by teachers - private tutoring is a consideration?
However, this only increases the stress and worry!
To ease your stress and uncertainty surrounding tutoring, we’ve created a list of 8 realisations our clients had after using a private tutor at I’m Possible Academy and the benefits for their child's learning.
This is what they have learned.
1. Tutors Aren't Teachers. Tutors Aren't Parents.
The first thing they noticed was how their children responded to the tutor in a way they didn't respond to either their teachers or themselves. They didn't resist instruction and even listened when given advice. I know, as a parent it can make you feel a little betrayed. Does this ring a bell, every time you offer advice or help with your child's school work the response is similar to, “I don't need your help." And well, they may be right. They may not need your help – but indeed they might need help. This is where the tutor comes in, the support from someone who wasn't an authority figure, someone they can identify with, someone who could reach them.
It's a misconception that tutoring is only for students who struggle academically. What about the parent? Tutoring can aid and help just about any parent who has a child in need of a helping hand with school.
2. Tutors Provide One-on-One Engagement
Your children love interacting with you. You play sports together, and go out and just have a good time. But you’re also dad or mum. The enforcer. The boss. The carer. The person who is always looking over their shoulder, pushing them to do better and telling them what they can and can't do. But when it comes to helping with homework, you’re constantly reminded that, “you're not my teacher!" Presenting a hard situation to provide the one-on-one engagement they need to really excel academically. That’s what their teacher is for, right? Unfortunately, their teacher has 28 other students they must attend to each day and just doesn't have the bandwidth to provide the one-on-one engagement they need.
With this said, tutors have the ability to provide students with the one-on-one engagement they need to excel academically. Right away, you’ll notice that the tutor is able to engage in a way that your children would not allow you – and their teacher that time doesn’t allow for.
3. Tutors Provide a Different Perspective
So often you’ll be constantly reminded, you’re doing your best to remember the strategies and formulas on how to solve equations, "that's not how my teacher does it”.
Our tutors provide an engaging learning environment and help their students to see the logic in the way the teacher had explained in the classroom. Through private one-on-one tutoring engagement, your child is provided with a different perspective to bridge the gap between what they are learning in the classroom and what is being taught at home.
4. Tutoring Bridges Gaps
Children attending primary school have a lot of work to do. They're learning how to read and write, comprehend what they're reading, develop mathematical skills required for future learning, while trying to find their way through a new and ever evolving landscape. When children fail to master fundamental skills, they struggle to grasp more challenging concepts and often fall behind.
Tutoring helps to bridge these gaps and support a child's ability to acquire critical comprehension and analytics skills before a situation arises or becomes critical.
5. Tutoring Supports One-on-One Learning
All classroom teachers do a fantastic job. They desire for their students to succeed and are concerned about their development. Unfortunately, concern and desire, as noble as they may be, only go so far. What most students need when they are struggling is one-on-one attention.
Private at home tutoring, whether in person or online, gives a child the opportunity to take as much time as they need to explore difficult concepts, fully understand their classwork and ask questions. Additionally, tutoring provides children a safe place to ask questions they're too shy or embarrassed to ask in class.
6. Tutoring Helps Build Confidence and Self-Esteem
On the outside most children can seem confident and self-assured. But sometimes the most apparently self-assured and confident child is the one who struggles the most. Unfortunately, you might hear your child say things like, “this is easy, I'm too good at this”. Or “I'm the dumbest kid in the class. Everyone else understands what's going on except for me".
I’m Possible Academy provides a program that helps children think about and understand their emotions. Forming connections is a core value at I’m Possible Academy. Our tutors will take the time to get to know your child and create a safe space for self-expression and learning where they can discuss issues that might be affecting their ability to learn. This will enhance their feelings of self-esteem and worth as well as strengthen their skills at school.
7. Tutoring Provides Customised Learning
In our line of business, a "one size fits all" approach never works. Each of our clients have unique needs and demands. Anything less than a customised product or service is unacceptable. A "one size fits all" approach is also not the best practice when it comes to early childhood education – yet that's exactly what most children receive in our education system.
No two students are the same. Some are auditory learners while others are visual learners. Some learn better in groups and some prefer working by themselves in a private setting. Some children pick up complex concepts quickly, while others require more time. Private tutoring provides a customised learning environment and experience tailored to the unique learning style and preferences of each child.