Students often encounter challenges, and sometimes these challenges are hard to overcome without external help. Teachers at schools have to deal with dozens of students at a time, and paying special attention to individual needs of every one of them is simply impossible. And while some children don’t find it difficult to perceive new information in such an environment, others may need additional help, either due to a lack of natural affinity with the subject or problems with the format in which information is presented. In such situations, individual tutors can be of great help—let’s take a look at why.
1. You will benefit from one-on-one learning.
No matter how small a class is, when a teacher has to deal with more than one student, each with his or her own individual peculiarities, strong and weak points and preferences, the educator’s ability to transfer knowledge in a meaningful way inevitably suffers. Only when he/she can dedicate his/her entire attention to teaching a particular child the teacher can find ways of assisting in the learning process in the most effective and efficient manner. Moreover, in the classroom, children often feel embarrassed to attract attention to themselves by asking questions when they don’t understand something—whereas, when they study one-on-one with a tutor, this problem simply doesn’t arise.
2. You will receive personalized study help.
At school, every child is subjected to the same flow of information, theory and practice. The teacher does not (and cannot) take into account the abilities and personal peculiarities of each particular student. As a result, a student may find himself struggling with a subject because it isn’t considered to be worthy of much attention and, on the contrary, waste time listening to explanations of what he or she already understands. Personal tutoring allows you to concentrate on areas that need improving while skimming over what is already understood. For example, math tutoring can help those lagging behind in mathematics, with special attention paid to the areas of your choosing.
3. You will learn Common Core techniques.
Most students, teachers and parents whole-heartedly hate Common Core Standards, but it doesn’t cancel the fact that they are an extremely important part of modern education and grading system—even though schools very often fall short of adequately preparing students for them. A professional tutor with a good knowledge of the requirements presented by Common Core tests can make preparing for them much easier for a student.
4. You won’t lose all your skills or forget everything you’ve learned over seasonal vacations and breaks.
Practice makes perfect, and it is all too true when it comes to education. Summer vacation is the worst offender in this respect—students aren’t exactly willing to spend their summer months honing the skills they’ve acquired during the school year, and all too often have to learn them all over again when the time comes to go to school again. Hiring a tutor to work with them in summer can help maintain these skills, thus making their return to school a bit less of a shock.
5. You won’t be as distracted.
When studying at home on their own, students face all kinds of distractions, from household noises to food and television. In classroom there is another set of disruptive influences, primarily coming from other students. When studying under the guidance of a tutor, a student has much fewer chances to get distracted and let it go unnoticed.
While tutoring isn’t an answer to all academic problems a student may encounter, it certainly helps. It doesn’t matter if you want your child to improve his or her skills in an area difficult for him/her or hone skills in which he/she is already good at—a professional tutor can be a great help in both these endeavors.
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