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Is tutoring too tiring?

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Over the last few months there have been lots of reports that tutoring can be damaging to children. Just this month one headmaster said private tutoring overloads children with work and makes them too tired.

If you’re thinking about hiring a private tutor how do you ensure it’s a positive experience that benefits your child? Here are our top tips.

  • Work with an experienced tutor, checked by a reputable company. That will mean they will understand how tutoring works and what an ‘average’ child can cope with.
  • If you decide to use a tutor then be prepared to spend some time with the tutor explaining what your child is like, what you think they can cope with and what ‘normal’ is for your child. A good tutor will also get to know and read your child but no one knows them better than you.
  • Make sure your tutor has a plan and that it fits in with other activities and isn’t overloading your child on any day or week.
  • It depends on your child but we wouldn’t normally recommend tutoring for more than 2 subjects at any one time.
  • As soon as you start seeing signs that your child isn’t coping with tutoring or it is negatively affecting their performance in school then reassess things with the tutor.
  • Ask your child how they feel – can they cope? Are they too tired?
  • Build in plenty of down time for your child – they need to blow off steam!

If you need help with finding a private tutor in Manchester (we cover all areas) or Cheshire (Didsbury, Wilmslow) then call 121 Home Tutors today.

 

We hope you all have a fantastic Christmas break and look forward to seeing you back reading our blog in 2014.

 

Shhh – don’t talk about your tutor!

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Do you use a private tutor for your children? Have you been tutored yourself? Do you talk to other parents about it or do you keep it private?

This month Harry Wallop discussed tutoring  – and how tutors now outnumber those who work in the NHS, solicitors or teachers. His view was that tutoring is almost underground, something rarely discussed and a bit of a secret.

In our experience that’s not the case. We have many parents who share the details of their tutor with other parents. We know lots of parents who chat about their child’s difficulties with other parents, often leaning on them for support and advice. In Harry’s article he focuses on the race to get children into ‘good’ or selective schools and it’s this competitive element that seems to lead to more secrecy – parents don’t want other parents to know their kids are getting an extra boost!

But for some parents the opposite is true and they want everyone to know they can afford a private tutor and boast about how well their child is doing.

There are no rules when it comes to having a tutor – you don’t have to tell anyone or you can tell the world. But what you might find is that the key to finding a really good tutor is word of mouth recommendation.

If you need help finding a private one to one tutor for your child in Manchester or Cheshire (covering Sale, Heaton Moor, Trafford) call 121 Home Tutors today.