How do you know it is time to get a tutor?
For students who have extended time missing school for various reasons, a tutor is essential. But what about kids who attend school regularly – do they really need tutoring, too?
The continuous rise of tutoring
In recent years, there has been a virtual revolution in tutoring. It has evolved from a model based on tutoring needs to one that focuses heavily on making students more academically competitive. Both parents and educators have jumped on the private tutoring bandwagon, saddling young people with more and more work. An entire tutoring industry has sprung up.
The flip side of the coin is that families are increasingly harming their children with the wrong approaches and thus throwing their money out the window. The upside is that there are more qualified tutors than ever for families who truly benefit from tutoring.
How do I know if I need one?
Whether it’s to prepare for an exam, get help after an extended absence from school, or improve a problem area, having a clear goal is key to making sure you don’t book yourself a tutor unnecessarily. If you’re not really sure why you need a tutor, it’s likely that you don’t need one at all.
Often, a tutor is needed:
- At the start of the school day and at any change or transition in school type, to give the child some reassurance and to provide help when the child needs it most
- For assistance with common problem subjects, such as Mathematics, Science, Physics, German, French and English
- For graduation preparations, such as the IB Diploma or high school diploma
- To improve academic performance after grades on a school report have dropped.
- To get a young person back on track after a dubious exam result.
- After a bout of illness or an unexpected family setback.
- When a specific learning disability is suspected or diagnosed.
Where there is no need
Schools don’t test or grade children in the early years of school – they may look at how they interact with adults and other children, whether they can concentrate, whether they like to play or listen to a story, but tutoring a child at this age is nonsense and you should be suspicious of those who offer it.
We at Good Tutors Finder are skeptical of those who offer tutoring in verbal and nonverbal reasoning. There are test items in these areas available online, and giving your child plenty of practice and gradually encouraging them to increase their speed is usually enough. If a child is having real problems with these tasks, you would probably be well advised to have them evaluated by a school psychologist.
Children who are out of school for long periods of time, such as due to illness, should be supported by the community tutoring service, and that should be your first port of call. Whether they provide what you need is another matter.
You’ll be surprised how much you can improve your child’s academic performance by simple measures like regular bed and meal times and turning off screens an hour before bedtime – children can’t work well when they’re either tired or hungry. Read with your kids and take time to do a few math problems here and there.
Study after study shows how important play, fun and free time are to children’s academic development. In many cases, a drop in academic levels is a sign of exhaustion and lack of downtime. Overwhelming children quickly backfires.
To prevent this, Good Tutors Finder offers tutoring sessions entirely based on the individual needs of your child and you. You can book and monitor everything online, eliminating the need for in-person meetings or phone calls. Sit back while your child gets customized tutoring from a qualified tutor either online or right in your home in all of Switzerland, including Zurich, Basel, Bern, Zug, Geneva and Lausanne.