“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge”. – Albert Einstein.
Education restricted to schools is a common occurrence, but various instances affirm that a conventional school education is at times, not enough for the child. To enter the job market after completing their education is a difficult task for any person. Thus, education today has become more about focussing on skills and employment rather than intellectual rigour.
Therefore, many children since a young age; get home tutorials apart from their regular schooling, and like every other decision this one too has its pros and cons. The advantages of home tutoring include personal one-on-one training programs made as per the child’s personal needs. Everybody has different strong and weak subjects and one student may have a higher degree of learning capability than another. Usually in schools and group tutorials, a student may not be able to grasp the course material like the others and might also be shy or embarrassed to publicly clear his doubts. Hence, in home tutoring the tutor trains the one student as per his needs and abilities putting special emphasis on the said student’s weaknesses.
The disadvantages of the concept of giving tutorials are that a lot of pressure is put on the child in the name of education. The want of parents for their children to become “achievers” puts immense strain on the child’s mentality. With a combination of school as well as the hours put in tutorials, the entire day of the child is spent and he has no time to play, which should be as important as the child’s education.
Thus, a balance of the two is the key to healthy development of the child. The disadvantages mentioned are not reasons enough for parents to not provide extra for their child if they can, it is because of the help of private tutors many children have managed to clear the subjects they never had the confidence of attempting. Qualified teachers focus on your child’s individual strengths and weaknesses to help build academic self-confidence, further their educational outcomes and ensure your child reaches their full potential.
Online tutoring is a new age concept which has made learning easier for children as sessions are done through the internet between the tutor and the child. Common equipments to facilitate online teaching is chat, whiteboard, web conferencing, teleconferencing and other specialized applications which make it easier to convey information back and forth. Not only that, there are tutoring agencies which contain details about private tutors and assist the parents in appointing the tutor as per their needs. The task of such agencies is to locate home tutors for any subject and age level.
Such agencies make sure that the tutor sent is equipped or experienced in working with students with special needs and learning difficulties, including ADHD and dyslexia. The subjects they teach can range from numbers, writing, sounds and reading for students in their early childhood to science, society environmental studies in their primary school. The subjects’ further progress to politics, human biology, legal sciences, essay writing, chemistry etc.
It is on the child’s comfort level with a certain subject which shows whether he needs tutorials or doesn’t. For instance some students may remember every act and every scene from Julius Caesar, but may have difficulties in solving algebra and vice versa. In these matters, home tutorials are the safest option to select as the specially appointed tutors are aware of the child’s difficulty and will work to simplify it for him on a personal level, which might have not happened in a group study session or school classroom.
Appointing such tutors through tutorial agencies is a preferable option as these agencies do a complete background check on the people who enroll with them and introduce families to the tutors who seem perfect as per the child in question’s needs. If the correct tutor has been appointed, a child can start loving the subject which he could not read a word of before. That is the effect of a good teacher.
Can a home tutor help you? Would it be worth the cost in time and money? Should you get a tutor?