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When it comes to academic support or learning new skills, there are few better options than tailored lessons from private tutors. Children and adults alike can benefit from a bespoke learning experience.
With that in mind, let's look at the pros and cons of private tutoring, the types of tutoring available in Hull and around East Riding of Yorkshire.
When a student starts to struggle in school, college, or even university, private tutoring from an experienced and qualified tutor can quickly turn things around. One of the biggest reasons students struggle or need additional academic support is that their lessons aren't tailored to them and their preferred learning style.
Of course, this isn't necessarily the fault of teachers who have a lot of students to teach, far too much paperwork to do, and a curriculum to stick to. They also can't provide the student with support at home, either. In subjects where knowledge is built upon, the problem quickly compounds. In maths lessons, for example, if a student doesn't fully grasp one topic, they'll struggle even more when they're supposed to be applying this knowledge to more advanced topics. Essentially, it's a vicious cycle that only gets worse unless they get more help from the school or more help at home.
If the support isn't available from the school, college, or university is not enough, a private tutor can step in and help the student to cover subjects or topics that they struggle with, ensuring that the whole learning experience is tailored to the student. Sometimes, all it takes is something to be explained differently.
The best thing about private tutoring is the wide array of subjects that can be covered. They don't necessarily need to be academic, either. If you're looking to learn a new skill like DIY, knitting, or learn to speak a foreign language before your next holiday, there are also experienced tutors who can help you with that.
The first hurdle to get over with private tutoring is the cost. While private tutoring isn't necessarily expensive, it is a cost that you can avoid. If you're on a tight budget, you mightn't be able to afford private tutoring for your or children. In this case, group tutorials are an option but these might still be too much for families on a really strict budget.
In some cases, private tutoring may harm children in need of academic support. Obviously, the tutor is there to help students but it's not a nice feeling for a child to be struggling at school and they may react badly to being told that they'll be getting extra lessons at home from a tutor. It can be a delicate situation and children who need a private tutor may not necessarily want to give up their free time at home to focus on more school work.
Fortunately, private tutors are rarely like their teachers at school and will look to make the student's private lessons as engaging and enjoyable as possible. After all, it's far easier to learn when you're having fun and many private tutors will do their utmost to ensure their students, whether they're children or adults, want to continue getting academic support from them.
There's also the problem of finding a "qualified" tutor. In the UK, there aren't really any legitimate qualifications for tutors. That doesn't mean there aren't any good tutors, it just means that it's harder to guarantee the quality of the tutors available. That said, there are platforms like Superprof where you can view tutors' profiles, read reviews from previous students, check that they're knowledgeable in the subject area they're tutoring and have the appropriate teaching skills.
Ideally, you'll want to find a tutor who's got an academic qualification in the subject they teach and teaching experience, either as a teacher in schools or as a tutor. That doesn't mean those who have neither are bad tutors, it just means that you may be taking more of a risk by employing them.
While most people think of private tuition as between a teacher and one student, there are actually a few different options when it comes to tutoring services: face-to-face, online, or in groups.
Face-to-face tutorials are your typical private tutorials and take place between a tutor and one student. Generally, the lesson will be tailored to the student, their preferred learning style, and what they need to learn in a given subject. This type of tuition is usually the most expensive but it's also the most cost-effective as every minute of teaching is focused on the student.
Thanks to the internet, you can also get online private tuition. With a stable internet connection and a webcam, students can learn from tutors all over the world. As they don't need to travel to the student's home, these tutors have fewer outgoings and can often charge less than they would for face-to-face tutorials. This is a good option if you can't find any suitable tutors in Hull or East Riding of Yorkshire or if you need tutors who are native speakers of foreign languages.
For those on a budget, group tutorials are a great option. While the teaching won't be completely tailored to the students, the cost of the lesson will be shared amongst all the students in attendance.
If you've decided private tutoring is for you or your child, then you just have to look for tutors on Superprof! Whether it's for maths, English, science, whatever, you can search by subject and location. There are plenty of tutors working in Hull and around Yorkshire so you're bound to find what you're looking for and if you can't, you can always get online tuition!
Many of the tutors on the platform offer the first hour of tuition for free so try a few out first and choose the one that's best for you or your children.
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