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Does my child need a tutor?

Every parent wants the best for their kid. Whether that be personal happiness, confidence, strong academic results or a combination of all three, we all want positive outcomes for our children. While some students can be catered for in traditional classroom settings with the standard curriculum, others have different needs.

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If you feel that your child’s needs aren’t being met in their current school environment, then it might be time to seek out a tutor.

Why a tutor could be a good option for your child

  • They are falling behind
    If there is a consistent pattern of below average results, poor report cards or concerning feedback from parent teacher interviews, tutor intervention could help get your child back on track.

  • They need to be challenged
    Perhaps the work is too easy and they are bored in class. A tutor can provide personalised extension work to keep your child engaged and thriving.

  • They’re an international student
    It’s possible that the student had no problems at school in their home country, but shifting to a different educational system and confronting the language barrier can make life hard for kids.

  • They have special learning needs
    If your child has special learning needs and is in a mainstream educational setting, they may not be receiving all the attention they require. A tutor trained in special education could help fill the gaps and boost your child’s confidence.

  • They aren’t interested in a particular subject
    Lacking interest in something can make it very difficult to succeed. A tutor could offer a more individualised approach and thereby increase the student’s interest in the subject area or topic.

  • They dislike or try to avoid going to school
    School refusal is one of the hardest things to deal with as a parent, but a tutor can help provide your child with strategies for handling school in addition to academic assistance.

  • They lack confidence
    Sometimes all it takes is knowing that there is one person in their corner. Being able to ask questions and clarify things with a tutor can do a world of good for a child lacking in confidence.

What are the different tutoring options and how much do they cost?

There are three main types of tutoring: group tutoring, individual tutoring and online tutoring. Group tutoring is usually held at a tutoring centre and focuses on standard content determined by the organisation, though there may also be the option to work on school assignments and homework.

Individual tutoring is often done in the child’s home, the tutor’s home or an agreed venue like a library, and offers much greater flexibility in terms of the content covered and meeting the needs of the student. Online tutoring is usually focused on the child’s school tasks and individual needs; however, it is very difficult to receive adequate feedback and interaction through this format.

The cost of a tutor will range from university students and other unqualified tutors charging around $20 or $30 an hour to highly qualified and experienced teachers who will cost between $50 and $100 an hour. It is important to consider your child’s individual needs, your expectations regarding quality, and your financial situation before committing to a particular tutor.

Alternatively, if you don’t feel that a tutor is the right option for you or you think that the school your child currently attends isn’t meeting their personal and educational needs, it’s worth speaking to the school first to explore whether they can assist. Finally it may be necessary to consider changing schools as the need for a tutor can often dissipate when a child is happy and engaged at school.

If you do go down the tutor path, here are some important questions to ask.

Where to look to find a tutor:

  1. Australian Tutoring Association
  2. First Tutors: Australia
  3. Tutoring For Excellence
  4. My Private Tutor

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