How Could Tuition Help?

Tuition offers an encouraging environment in which our children can flex their learning muscles and build resilience to ongoing testing.

Our children's minds are at their most porous when they're stimulated, when they don’t feel like they are learning. Learning is most effective when it is engaging and regular and allows our little people to practise their skills and build their confidence. Our children need enjoyable, sometimes energetic, and ultimately educational, activities which are personalised to their specific requirements.

I made what felt like a scary - but important - move from classroom teacher to tutoring once I’d learned just how valuable, and powerful, tuition can be. In ways that I found difficult to deliver in a school setting during school hours, I am now able to give children active, personalised learning through play, with hands-on activities which suit their learning style and to give them immediate, one-to-one feedback.

Tuition is confidence-building…

Learning in a class of thirty isn’t for everyone, just as home-schooling isn’t either. Sometimes, some of our children can feel like they get left behind. They may lack the confidence to ask the necessary questions which enable them to explore the potential of their inquisitive, sometimes insatiable, young minds. It’s normal for everyone to have subjects we enjoy and others that fill us with dread. It’s human nature to find it easier to face our fears one-to-one or in small, supportive groups.

Everyone learns differently…

As individuals, we all prefer different ways of learning. Some methods help some children to excel, others are just, well, better for others. Tuition offers our children a tailor-made toolbox of activities and approaches which are engaging and feel more like fun than formal learning. In a tutoring environment, it’s easy to identify a child’s personal preferences in terms of their learning style. Adapting their learning by adapting our teaching styles to keep it active and exciting is both rewarding and motivating as a professional.

Parents will often have a sense of their child’s personal preferences when it comes to their learning style.

Learning styles include:

● Aural (or auditory/musical) – children may be particularly engaged by sound and/or music.

● Verbal – they may show a preference to learn with words, either in speech or on the written page.

● Physical (or kinaesthetic) – learning comes more easily through physical interaction with the learning environment and materials, by using hands, body, and sense of touch.

● Logical (or mathematical) - patterns, logic, systems, and reasoning make learning more stimulating.

● Social (or interpersonal) – some find learning in groups, with interaction and teamwork, makes learning more appealing.

● Solitary (or intrapersonal) – others are self-motivated and prefer independent, focused work.

Although we all may have one style we generally prefer over others, we tend to favour different learning styles at different times, for different subjects, or depending on the level of complexity of the task.

Tuition reduces learning anxiety…

In the UK, the focus on the National Curriculum goals, and SATs, in particular, can raise our children’s awareness of exams and, by association, the pressure on them to perform. This may also highlight the level of their ability and achievement and the likelihood that they will measure their performance against that of others. Tuition offers an encouraging environment in which our children can flex their learning muscles and build resilience to ongoing testing.

Family time is family time…

As parents, we’ve all experienced how challenging it can be when we are called upon to support our children in a homework task. Few of us are qualified teachers and for those of us who are, it can be just as difficult when it’s our children we need to support. Swapping roles between parent and teacher doesn’t come easily; we shouldn’t be hard on ourselves when we try. Parents might inevitably feel pressured by the responsibility, and it can also challenge our knowledge and expertise – not least because the curriculum will undoubtedly have changed since we were at school ourselves. Tuition can bridge that gap and provide a much-needed support network for parents when they aren’t sure how to meet their child’s needs.

When I created Primrose Tuition, I made a personal commitment to meet those needs wherever I can. The children I tutor receive gentle encouragement and personal feedback. We break down any barriers that stand in the way of their progress together by building their confidence in learning which is adapted to their learning style. In the Primrose classroom, we’ve designed a supportive, safe, and stimulating environment, which provides children with the freedom to ask questions, to discover their abilities and to influence the pace of their learning. Children build the resilience and understanding they need to thrive in their regular educational setting, whether this in school or the home. Tuition can just help grease the wheels of our children’s learning. It’s not just for when our child falls ‘behind’.

Primrose Tuition offers one-to-one, online, and group tuition options. Contact me here for an informal chat about your child’s learning.

Stay well, stay connected, stay informed, Siobhan.

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