We all know students learn at a different pace, some will be brilliant at English while others struggle and others will be a whizz at Maths shooting ahead of their peers in class while others find it a lot harder to get to grips with.
We had parents evening a few weeks back and both of my children are so different in their learning abilities and attitude to work/homework. Harry struggles to concentrate in class, quite able to do the work and being really great at Maths but getting the work onto the paper is a struggle. His teachers know he knows the answers but he daydreams, procrastinates and then has to rush so it is usually left unfinished. We had a discussion about how to help him and I suggested using a timer on his desk – this is something his reception teacher introduced as a visual aid to how long he needs to work, since introducing a few weeks ago his concentration and therefore work has improved. Emmy is very capable of doing her work but also daydreams and therefore it is all a rush, she struggles with Maths and takes longer to learn the new formulas and workings out but her English work is amazing.
With large class sizes, it is very hard for teachers to cater to everyone’s needs at the same time, although they do try very hard – so those that need additional help may take the teachers attention away from those who power through all the questions, or even vice versa if those who find it easy are needing new work set in a bid to challenge them.
Emmy has already taken her SAT’s in year 2 and doesn’t do them again until year 6, while Harry in year 1 is learning the basics now he will need to take these next year. Our school is amazing and the children in year 2 don’t even realise they are taking their SAT’s, they do practice papers so often that the children just think that’s what they are continuing to do, there is no pressure on the children and after Emmy even watched a movie which she thought was a great treat. Of course, the year 6 ones are different entirely and the children and their parents are given talks and help to know what needs to be learnt and what will happen. There is more information on Key Stage 1 & 2 National curriculum tests here.
As parents, we want to do the best for our children, and finding a tutor for them to get ahead, catch up or even improve on their already gained skills is one thing we can do to help them. It is no longer limited to the rich and there are many companies who offer online tuition making the whole process even easier for families as it can be done in your own home in a time to suit you all. Find out more about the benefits of online tutoring versus in-person tutoring here.
There are lots of companies out there, Matr being a great one which offers primary school-aged children in the UK online one-to-one maths tuition. Their tutors are maths experts trained to teach KS2 national curriculum to 7 to 11 year-olds. There really isn’t anything their tutors don’t know about what is going to come up on those SAT’s papers and will help your child prepare for it. You can try matr.org for general primary maths tuition or you could look at their SATs programme, all of which are available at affordable prices with different packages available, you can also cancel at any time. Please keep an eye out for my new giveaway as it will be for 4 private Maths tuition lessons each 50 minutes long for your child.
Positives of private tuition
One of the biggest advantages of private tuition is that lessons can easily be customised to suit each student. Whereas in school a student may be at a disadvantage, if, for example, they work at a different pace to the rest of the class, or need to focus more attention on a specific aspect of the course, private tuition largely negates these problems. Students will benefit from the fact that a tutor can adjust the pace, focus and goals of a lesson depending on their needs and abilities.
More time and attention
Another positive gained from private tuition is the amount of time a student will receive from a teacher. As private tuition is usually on a one-to-one basis, teachers can focus their attention fully on a student. This is obviously a huge advantage compared classes of thirty pupils where a teacher’s time is divided and individuals can very easily become lost in the crowd.
Personalising the lesson for each child
Classroom lessons can often be quite rigid in their learning style, as they often have very set goals and a strong reliance on textbooks. Private classes usually have a less formal approach though, and so are more flexible as a result. This leaves tutors free to use whichever materials and learning styles which they deem most useful.
Saves time and effort
Although it is great if us parents are able to get actively involved with our children’s learning, this is not always a practical option. Busy schedules can limit the time we are able to spend each week helping out with homework. In addition, as children become older and their studies become more advanced, parents may not always be able to provide suitable assistance, it’s only a matter of time before I am unable to help with fractions and algebra as these certainly baffle me.
Private tuition is usually one-to-one, tutors and students are able to work much more closely and develop stronger relationships than would otherwise be possible in the larger school classes. The impact that this can have on a student is amazing, as their tutors will be able to get to know their students better, and so will find it easier to spot potential problems and give them assistance. For shy students, being in a learning environment with fewer people can also help them to express themselves, as they are under less pressure from their peers.