The purpose of tutoring is to assist students and guide them to the point at which they become independent, successful learners. Receiving tutoring services can be a valuable asset for children of all ages. Usually, children with learning difficulties or those who are struggling in a particular subject will receive tutoring, but there are also benefits for children who may need reinforcement of skills or extension work.
Some of the other reasons that children may receive tutoring include:
*A Teacher or counselor recommends tutoring
*Homework seems increasingly difficult
*Extreme anxiety before tests
*Self-esteem is dropping
*Loss of interest in learning
*Feelings of wanting to give up
*Resistance to doing schoolwork
*Reluctance to go to school
Types of tutoring
This is one of the greatest benefits for many students. In today's large classrooms, children who are struggling or who are quiet can get lost in the crowd. In a tutoring session, with just the tutor, a child will open up and ask questions that they wouldn't usual ask during formal class time. Tutoring one on one can be done at home or in a tutoring centre.
Peer tutoring is a great way for children to learn. When a tutor is holding sessions with three to five students, they can help each other. It also helps children to know that there are others who need the same type of help. They don't feel like they are alone. Success can breed success--as one child progresses, the others are more motivated to do so. Group sessions are usually held in tutoring centres.
Computer based programs
Computer programs are becoming more prevalent in the marketplace as it offers parents a time efficient alternative to face to face tutoring and allows students to use computers which may be more appealing to them. A part of this appeal is the apparent independence that this gives to their child.
Parents need to be very careful and discerning when deciding to use computer-based materials and/or on-line learning as a part of the overall educational experience for their child.
What are the benefits of tutoring?
Tutoring can be beneficial to children in many different ways.
Here are some of the major benefits:
*Provides personal praise, feedback, and encouragement
*Fewer distractions. In a classroom setting, noise and other interruptions from peer groups can hugely affect your child's performance. This is especially true if your child suffers from Attention Deficit Disorder.
*Focus on specific areas. A private tutor is able to focus on specific areas that your child may be having problems with.
*Confidence and self-esteem. The more confident a child feels with their schoolwork the more creative their thought processes become which means they will be able to grasp complicated concepts much more easily.
*Enthusiasm. If you are using a specialised tutor say for maths tutoring, they are likely to have a passion for their subject. This can be infectious for your child who may pick up the interest and fascination for the subject that the tutor has.
*Catch-up. Sometimes your child may have missed key points in the syllabus that are now holding them back from understanding the more advanced concepts.
*Shy children can ask questions. They are much more likely to ask questions in a one-on-one environment with their tutor.
*Learning Styles can catered towards.
*Help with homework. If your child is struggling with homework the tutor can help! Sometimes they may be asking questions of mum or dad that you just can't answer. Sometimes at the end of a long day in the office you don't want to come home from work to 2 hours of homework help!
*Private tutoring can extend and accelerate your child's learning.
*Promotes emotional support and strong positive role models
Whatever type of tutoring you go for make sure that the tutor establishes a good rapport with both you and your child, there is more chance of learning to occur when the child is relaxed and having fun.