DOLLARS AND $ENSE: IS TUTORING REALLY WORTH IT?

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Bills. Bills. Bills. In a world where all children deem themselves entitled, where we’re spending money on the latest iPhone, the overpriced $4 coffee or the gym membership we pay for but never use, the cost of tutoring can add to the always expanding list of expenses for parents.

Yet in the thrust of modern life, competition is in hot pursuit. We compete for jobs, first-release concert tickets and even parking spots. Positions at the best schools, results and admission into university are no different; in fact this might possibly be the sphere where competition flourishes most.

So, whether your child is lost in a jumble of Algebra, fallen between the cracks of grammatical rules or tangled in the weave of the periodic table, tutoring may provide a solution. It offers that advantage and an individualised, structured and systematic learning experience, which, if correctly chosen, will improve academic performance alongside personal growth. So yes, tutoring is worth it, but there are several elements to consider before committing.

1. Do your research.

We never buy a car without reading reviews; in fact we barely walk into a restaurant without urbanspooning it first. The same rule applies for tutoring. Understand that you have many, and I truly mean, many possibilities. Sure, Google it. Make sure you are sending your child to a reputable company with years of experience, but the best method is to listen out for conversation and personal recommendations from those around you.

2. Get to know your child’s tutor

What type of teaching experiences have they had? What qualifications do they hold? How do they evaluate each student’s needs? What teaching methods and strategies will they use? Do not be afraid to ask questions to ensure their skill sets match your child’s needs.

3. Manage your expectations

As a classroom teacher and long-time tutor, I understand the anxiety parents feel, clouded by the looming fear that their child will not succeed. Though you need to set high expectations, manage these expectations and accept that progress will not be instant.

Continuously monitor your child’s development. Effective tutors will work collaboratively with you to ensure that all parties are striving for the same goal.

4. Observe for a culture of hope and optimism

Whilst successful tutors encourage higher levels of self-directed learning, ultimately, look for tutors who genuinely care about your child. Children are more engaged and learn better in safe environments where they feel motivated and encouraged. Find tutors who believe, like you do, in your child’s ability to succeed.

 

By Waan Kumpoon