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.



Several years ago I went to a young girl. She was due to sit her GCSE’s that summer but just couldn’t find any motivation.


She often cancelled the lessons as she needed a sleep after school or was in a conversation with her friends on social media.


One of her first exams was straight after the May half term. She was going to visit family over that week and didn’t want revision to ruin her holiday. Prior to this she had been planning on doing all her revision during that week.


Needless to say, she entered that exam having not done any revision outside school and our occasional lessons.


She was surprised. She had thought tutoring would have been enough to see her through…


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.


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?

Tutoring doesn’t work if the relationship isn’t right


In order for the student to succeed they must feel confident with the person they are working with.


They need to feel relaxed enough to have the confidence to ask questions.


Many years ago, when I was doing my GCSE’s I can remember asking a question.


The teacher repeated herself. I was still none the wiser. I asked again.


She repeated herself again.


I looked blank. She sighed. We both gave up. I  asked my dad and got the explanation I needed.


What I’m saying is make sure the tutor has the patience to explain things in a number of ways. Ensure the student has the confidence to ask. You don’t want to be paying to explain things a second time because the tutor hasn’t explained it properly.

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 that suits.


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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.

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