Tutors and tutoring programmes provide not only help for kids who need some assistance with their learning, but also extension for those kids who are keen to progress further.
When considering a tutor for your child, it’s a good idea to discuss it with their teacher first. Many schools have programmes in place to assist students who are struggling or who require an extension to their learning. The tutor or tutoring programme should complement the education provided by your child’s school.
It’s also important to speak to your child about the prospect of engaging them in a tutoring programme as they will benefit a lot more if they are also onboard with the idea. Setting some goals as to what your child hopes to achieve with their tutor can help settle your child in, rather than having to face an ongoing commitment of tutoring with no particular focus.
Reasons for a tutor
Helping a kid struggling with school work is not the only reason that you may want to consider hiring a tutor or engaging your child in a tutoring programme. Reasons for seeking tutoring may include:
- Your child is falling behind with their school work
- A certain subject or concept requires a different perspective to aid in their learning
- Illness, family matters, etc mean that your child has been away from school for a period of time and could benefit from some additional learning focus
- A learning disability is posing challenges to their education
- Your child has shown keen interest in a subject and wishes to be challenged more
- Your child is studying for an exam or assessment and needs some support
- The school that your child attends does not offer a specific subject
- Your child just loves to learn and wants to extend their education
What to consider when looking for a tutor or tutor programme
Be sure about what you are wanting from a tutor or tutoring programme, ie learning assistance, extension, exam preparation, etc, so you can find a good fit. You may also want to:
- Discuss tutoring with your child’s teacher who may be able to provide some insight into what will fit well with their school education
- Look for a tutor or tutoring programme that can be flexible enough to work in with your child’s schooling and extra-curricular activities to avoid too much disruption
- Look for a tutoring programme that links with the New Zealand education curriculum
- Seek personal recommendations from friends or family
- Take advantage of any free assessments and trial periods to help you get a feel for the programme
- Tutors should be engaging, empathetic, and able to build confidence in subject matters
- Enquire about the tutor’s credentials including training, experience, and qualifications for teaching at your child’s age level
- Ensure that your child’s tutor has had the appropriate police checks
- Look for a tutor that can provide a clear plan of achievement, the framework required to achieve those goals, and offers regular reporting back to caregivers on progression
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Written by Julie Scanlon
Julie is Editor for Kidspot NZ and our MVP. Her hobbies include laughing uncontrollably at her own jokes, annoying her family by asking questions about movie plots, and never taking anything too seriously. She speaks a little Spanish and a lot of Yorkshire.
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