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How do I know my child needs a tutor?

Updated: May 7, 2021

Could a tutor really help? Yes, particularly if you know what you want to achieve and what you are looking for!

School can be difficult under normal circumstances, especially managing a range of subjects but the demands on students over the last year have been unprecedented! Also, the challenges of balancing after-school activities and a social life can be a lot for some children — especially when they cannot always attend school physically.

Right now, a lot of parents and carers are considering taking-on tutors, but how do you know if your child might need additional help and how to select what is best for your family?


- Is attainment in line with targets?

- Is your child’s attitude toward school and schoolwork changing?

- Is your child reluctant to do schoolwork, or worried about assessments?

They may be struggling to understand some concepts or could be having trouble keeping up with the pace.

Step 1: Sussing out the area of need

Step 2: Knowing what kind of help would most benefit

There are usually two types of tutoring — group tutoring, with multiple students working on the same topic, and individual tutoring where a tutor focuses on one pupil at a time.

Some pupils prosper in groups, working with a few other students, while others benefit much more from one-on-one tuition.

It can often be more than academic need:

Many bright children face battles with school because of a lack of organisation and time management. Tutors can help with that too!

The most important thing is to create the right conditions for children to increase their confidence and flourish.

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