“A good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard.” - Eliphas Levi

In the UK, 100,000 students per year are leaving school “without basic qualifications”. This is a 28% increase since 2015. Of course, students can struggle at any time during their schooling, not just when they leave. From reception to sixth form, students can start to struggle with any subject and once they do, it can be a slippery slope if they don’t get the right help.

So how can academic support tutorials help with this?

Why Get Academic Support Tutorials to Avoid Falling Behind?

Falling behind or struggling in a class can occur when a student loses interest in their classes or schooling in general. This lack of interest can come about for several reasons: struggling to understand certain concepts or topics, struggling in the classroom environment, economic or social factors, boredom, the relationship with the teacher, health problems, etc.

Why should you get academic support?
Try to work out why your child is struggling at school. (Source: coyot)

A child doesn’t need to go to school if they are homeschooled, but the child must get a full-time education. The school leaving age in the UK is 18, but once a child reaches 16, they can either stay in full-time education, start an apprenticeship or traineeship, or spend 20 hours a week working or volunteering while in part-time education or training.

While the government is tasked with ensuring that students don’t fall behind or struggle during their schooling, it still happens quite regularly, which is where academic support comes in.

So why choose tutoring services for a struggling child?

Home tutoring and online tutoring can help students to:

  • Improve their academic performance
  • Catch up in classes they’re falling behind in
  • Gain confidence
  • Start enjoying schooling again
  • Consolidate their knowledge
  • Exam and test prep: GCSEs, A Levels, etc.
  • Start enjoying a certain subject
  • Organise themselves better
  • Work regularly
  • Develop their critical thinking and study skills
  • Stimulate their curiosity
  • Ask questions they wouldn’t ask in class
  • Get personalised help according to their strengths and weaknesses
  • Find the necessary motivation to keep studying
  • Gain new perspectives on their future

A private tutor can make a student feel more comfortable in their studies and allow them to develop their skills in a way they otherwise can’t in class.

Find out more about the benefits of private tutorials.

How Can Struggling Students Get Academic Support Tutorials?

Before you start looking for academic tutoring, you need to take a step back and think about the student’s needs. Ask yourself some important questions to help you find the private tutors for your child:

  • Their age and level: primary school, secondary school, college, sixth form, etc.
  • Their difficulties: methodology, comprehension, speaking, writing, etc.
  • Availability: evenings, weekends, lunchtimes, etc.
  • Online tutorials or face-to-face tutorials?
  • One-on-one tutoring or group tutoring?
  • Budget
  • Short-term or long-term academic support?
How can you get academic support tutorials?
Put together a list of your criteria before you start looking for a tutor. (Source: FirmBee)

Once you’ve got your answers, you can start looking for your private tutor. We recommend you filter your responses in terms of where you live and budget so that you can find effective private tutoring.

Here’s an example request for a private academic support tutor:

“Hello, I’m looking for a private tutor to help my son Paul with maths. He’s in primary school and needs help revising throughout the whole year. He struggles with geometry and remembering certain aspects of the course. He worries about maths regularly. He needs to develop a learning methodology that will help him learn effectively.

We’re available one night a week after 17:00. I would prefer it that you come directly to our home. Could we organise a meeting to work out hour many hours he’d need and how long the tutorials would last?

You can also get in touch with tutors on sites like Superprof. Have a look at the classified ads and don’t hesitate to get in touch with various tutors. There are academic support organisations that you can get in touch with to find help for your child. Usually, you’ll need to get in touch, usually through a contact form, or by getting in touch directly with them.

There are also free solutions, too. Have a look around for free academic support offered by charitable organisations, workshops, etc.

You can also find plenty of academic support services online. There are plenty of academic support services and resources you can get online. If you have the time, you can also use the resources to help your child.

How Much Do Private Academic Support Tutorials Cost?

Generally, academic support tutorials cost around £20 an hour. However, this average isn’t representative as the cost can vary wildly according to the service you’re getting.

  • The student’s level: primary school students tend to pay less than secondary school students or sixth formers. Generally, the more a student knows, the more the tutor will have to teach them.
  • The tutor’s qualifications and level: the more qualifications a tutor has, the more they’ll charge for their experience. A student working as a tutor won’t charge as much as a professor with a doctorate, or example.
  • The tutor’s experience: a tutor just starting in teaching will charge less than a tutor with years of experience.
  • The subject: maths, physics, chemistry, and biology tend to cost more than the humanities.
  • Location: rates are higher in big cities than in the country.
  • Competition: if there’s a lot of competition, the rates tend to be lower as the tutors compete for students.
  • The number of tutorials: if you’re hiring a tutor for a long time, there’s more chance that they’ll offer you better rates.
  • Travel: some tutors will factor their travel costs into their rates if they have to travel a long way to provide the lessons.
How much do academic support tutorials cost?
Private tutorials are often tailored to the student. (Source: rawpixel)

It’s difficult to work out the average rate for tutorials with so many factors to consider. You can find tutors for as little as £10 and others for upwards of £60 per hour. You need to find a tutor that meets your requirements in terms of service and budget.

Find out more about the cost of academic support.

How Often Should You Get Academic Support Tutorials?

It’s easy to think that academic support means plenty of tutorials. However, this isn’t always the case. You also don’t want to inundate a struggling student with work as it can demotivate them.

How often should you get academic support tutorials?
One-on-one tutorials are a great way for students to regain confidence. (Source: Wokandapix)

Similarly, a student’s attention span will vary according to their age. Primary school students can only really concentrate for around 30 minutes, twice a week. Any more than that and the tutorials won’t be as effective.

By secondary school, students can spend an hour either once or twice a week depending on their needs. Of course, you don’t want to increase the student’s work too much and stress them out.

By the sixth form, when they’re more used to studying regularly, you can have 2 to 3 hours of academic support per week according to the student’s needs.

During the holidays and summer, they can always get intensive academic support tutorials for 2 hours a day throughout the week. In this case, it’s a good idea to have them in the morning when you’re more motivated.

Find out more about how often you should schedule private tutorials.

Now you should have a better idea of what private tutoring and online tutoring is all about.

No matter what subject you need help with or which skills you want to learn, you can find experienced and talented private tutors on Superprof. Regardless of the subject, there are three main types of private tutorial available: one-on-one tutorials, online tutorials, and group tutorials. Each has its pros and cons and some types work better for certain subjects than others.

One-on-one private tutorials are between you and your tutor. The lessons will be tailored to you, your goals, and your learning style. Since this entails a lot of work outside of class from the tutor, you'll probably pay a premium for them. However, with every minute in class spent teaching you, these are also the most cost-effective type of tutorials available.

Online tutorials are similar to private tutorials since they are between a single student and tutor but the tutor isn't physically in the room with you and is instead teaching you remotely via a webcam. With fewer expenses and the ability to schedule more tutorials each week, the tutor can charge less per hour and they often do.

Finally, group tutorials are when several students are taught in a single class by a private tutor. These students may already know each other or be strangers. You won't have the tutor's undivided attention like in the other types of private tutorials but the cost of the tutorial will be divided amongst all of the students in attendance, making it cheaper per student per hour.

Many of the tutors offer free tutoring for the first hour so try a few out and see which type of tutorial and which tutor is best for you.

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