To Tutor or Not to Tutor
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Many years back, having a tutor meant a student needs learning assistance to catch up with his or her peers’ level of competency in school and get high grades. But now it seems like most parents with kids in big schools are opting for tutorial sessions for different reasons, but before you hire a tutor, stop and think, does your child really need one?
PROS OF TUTOR
- Parents get support from the tutor
If you are a busy parent, chances are you don’t have enough time to work on your child’s assignments or review him for his quizzes especially when you always come home late. With the help of a tutor, your child will be able to finish all his schoolwork and you will be given an update or feedback on what they have tackled during the session.
The biggest demand for tutors falls on exam week where children are expected to have a mastery of topics from different subjects. Your child may require more than an hour with the tutor so that topics are not just memorized, but thoroughly reviewed and explained. Having a tutor gives you confidence that your child will do well in school.
- Consistency makes a successful student
Some children are still struggling with their new school set-up especially if they have just started big school loaded with assignments, projects and quizzes. Having a consistent and solid schedule with the tutor will help your child build discipline on finishing assigned works from school. He knows that at a certain time he should be able to review or do his assignments and then after that he can rest or play if time permits.
- No more power struggle
Is it hard for you to sit your child down when it is homework time? Hiring someone to do this will lessen the chances of you guys fighting over some worksheets. It will give you the peace of mind and more time to accomplish other tasks at home or at work.
- Tutors can give advance lessons
Since most tutors are already experts with the subject matter, they can teach your child advance topics that will be covered in school. Say the school is discussing addition and multiplication and your child is already doing well, she may advance to multiplication, which will give her more time to practice the skill. Being able to meet specific academic skills means higher chances of getting good grades in class. Tutors can also teach shortcuts and tips which will make school works easier and fun!
CONS OF TUTORING
- Tutors are expensive
For tutorial centers, rate per session may vary. But the running rate for private tutors this year is P600 per hour or more. Depending on your location, the tutor may demand more to pay for her gas or taxi fare. They may also ask for a higher price depending on the number of subjects to be reviewed daily with your child.
- Some tutorial centers are too big
The ideal tutorial class should be one-on-one or at most 3 students. But because of the demand, some centers accommodate more than 10 students per session. It now looks like a real classroom set-up and the problem is with the large group, it is hard to measure the learning since the tutor won’t be able to check on them every step of the way.
- Tutors come and go
Children love consistency and they behave well with people they are familiar with. But teachers from tutorial centers do not have a contract and can leave whenever they need to or when they plan to pursue another career. The child might need to adjust again with a new tutor who has a new set of rules and teaching style that may not match your child’s preference.
- Students become dependent
If your child gets used to having someone assisting him every step of the way, without the tutor, the child will feel helpless. Because of this, you are forced to stick with the tutor to make sure that your child maintains his good grades.
Because of K-12 in the Philippines, students in the primary years are having a hard time adjusting with the school’s curriculum. This results to parents having to panic on how their child will be able to keep up leaving them with no choice but to find support from a tutor. We’ve listed down things to look for when hiring a tutor:
- Tutor must have a consistent schedule and not just at her own convenience. Ideally, tutorial sessions should start after the child has rested from school which is in the afternoon, not evening.
- Tutor should be patient and will give ample time for the student to fully grasp concepts given in class. It would be best if the tutor can prepare worksheets before the session starts.
- Tutor should be able to extend effort especially for kids who have learning disabilities and must adjust depending on the child’s learning style.
- Tutor must give a reasonable rate or meet at a good cost that is still within the family’s budget
- Tutor should be able to communicate well with parents and build good relationship with the tutee.
Tutors are your best option if your child needs that extra push. But parents are highly encouraged to teach their children independence and the value of hard work that they need as they face more challenges in the real world.