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Private tuition is a fantastic way to support a child’s education outside of the classroom, and simultaneously provides them with a personal mentor and another role model. Many parents hire a private tutor to help their child with their studies, particularly during exam periods. But how do you know if your child actually needs a tutor? Manor Lodge School have the following advice.
One of the most obvious signs that your child needs a tutor is a significant drop in grades, in one or more subject. However, before you hire someone to help get the grades back up, be sure that it’s not just because your child isn’t trying their best or they’re failing to take their education seriously.
If your child has displayed symptoms of anxiety with regards to school, it might be because they’re struggling with their schoolwork and need some extra support. Talk to them about why they are feeling so anxious, because it could be for another reason entirely, in which case a tutor might not be the answer.
Your child doesn’t have to be failing school or suffering with anxiety to justify hiring a tutor for them. Every child is different and the reason why they need a tutor will be unique. Think about their situation and whether or not they might benefit from some additional guidance. For example, have they taken an extended period of time away from school recently to recover from an illness? Do they have some important exams coming up in the near future? Have they started a new school and need to catch up with the rest of their class?
Consider your (and your child’s) objectives before you hire a tutor, and always check references and records. If your child doesn’t get on with their tutor, their lessons will likely be a waste of time, so this is something to look out for when hiring.
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