12 Apr Why tutoring doesn’t work
There will be times when tutoring doesn’t work.
Here are 3 of the most likely reasons:
An hour a week with a tutor won’t be enough to pass exams.
I have worked with children who are striving to pass the 11+ or pass their GCSE’s who have put in no effort outside the hour’s lesson with the tutor. Any exam is a big commitment and will take more than just one hour of study each week. The commitment must also be made by the student/family as well as the tutor.
Tutoring doesn’t work if the tutor doesn’t use the right teaching techniques
We are all individual, consequently we all learn differently. Many tutors rely upon one style of tutoring as this is quite often how they would learn themselves. Therefore, they pass this on to the next person. However, I have learned over the past 20 years of working in various educational settings, that each and every person is very unique in how they learn.
Some will learn through audio techniques (listening and speaking to instructions and information), visual techniques (reading and looking), kinaesthetic (being involved in the learning – creating posters, playing games, role plays). But I would suggest that tutoring works best when all these techniques are used. I won’t go into too much detail as to why now, but if you are interested, read my blog “How do we learn?”
Tutoring doesn’t work if there are too many distractions.
The lesson also needs to take place in an environment where there are limited distractions. If they are taking place in your home or the tutor’s home will there be other people milling about, preparing dinner, watching tv, wanting their attention. Will the phone be ringing, will pets be a distraction?
If the lessons are taking place in a tutoring centre will other children be a distraction? Talking, leaving or entering the room, asking the tutor for help.
Does music playing help your child concentrate, or do they need complete silence?
These questions are unique to each and every family.
If you want to have a chat, please do pop me an email. We can arrange a time to have a chat.
firstname.lastname@example.org It won’t be a sales push, we can just talk about what might be the best option for you and questions you might want to consider before taking the plunge, should you decide to do so.