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As English is our native language, we don't study it in the same way we do foreign languages at school. English language as a school subject isn't about learning verbs, conjugations, and grammar, but rather a way to analyse our mother tongue and teach us the skills to understand intent, impact, and the ways our language is used to convey information to us.
With that in mind, let's see why it's important to study it, the challenges students in primary and secondary school will face when studying English, and how private tuition can help both struggling and gifted students.
The first reason it's important to study English is that you have to. It's a compulsory subject during primary and secondary school and a core skill that most employers look for. As it's not a subject you can drop before you finish a GCSE in it and you'll be spending years studying it, you may as well accept that you can't ignore it.
Most jobs will ask that candidates have at least 5 GCSEs with grades A-C with GCSEs in both maths and English. This means that everyone needs to take their English studies seriously for most of their time in primary and secondary school. Generally, if you've completed compulsory secondary education, you're expected to have maths and language skills.
In addition to it being a compulsory subject, English is a useful subject. You should study it because we get almost all our information through language and having an understanding of how that language is employed will help you in other academic subjects and in life.
If you're planning on studying English as a university degree, you're going to have to perform well in the subject at secondary school. You'll need both a GCSE and A Level in English to get onto most related degree courses.
Of course, if English was easy, then we wouldn't need to be taught it for so long and it's not surprising that students can struggle with it. Firstly, there's such a focus on finding the right answer instilled in us from primary school that some students may struggle with English (and the other humanities), especially in secondary school where everything becomes less black-and-white. Since English as a subject is more qualitative than quantitative, some children may take some time to unlearn the notion that there are only right and wrong answers.
For students that prefer sciences like biology, physics, or chemistry, it can be difficult to fall in love with a subject like English where it seems that everything is more subjective. However, in most cases, this can be addressed by changing the way they're taught.
English isn't always a subject for shy students, either. There's a lot of discussion to be had and students who are introverted mightn't participate as much as they should in class. This can hinder their progress as active learning is often more effective than passive learning.
Not every student responds to a given teaching approach in the same way, especially in a subject like English where there's not always a right answer and things can get a little blurry. This doesn't mean it's the teacher's or the student's fault, it's just a case of finding the right way to teach certain subjects to certain students and most school teachers don't have the means to tailor all their lessons to all their students.
Private tutors, on the other hand, can ensure that every lesson is suited to the student's level, experience, and preferred learning styles. This can be hugely beneficial for students who start falling behind in school or struggling in a given subject as it can break the cycle. As we mentioned, most teachers don't have the time or resources to focus on a single student so when they start finding things difficult, it can become a slippery slope.
Fortunately, a private English tutor can turn things around by showing students a different way of learning that's right for them. There's no shame in a student needing a different type of teaching as we're all different and in an ideal world, we'd all be taught by our perfect teacher in school.
That said, private tutoring isn't just for students who are struggling. Private tutors are there to get the most out of every student by providing them with a learning environment that works for them. This means that gifted students with high aspirations can also benefit from a tutor as they'll ensure that they perform at the highest level in their exams and get the grades they need to get onto their dream university course, for example.
If you're looking for private English tutors in Liverpool or around Merseyside, just search for them on Superprof! You can view each tutor's profile, see what experience and qualifications they have, how much they charge, what level they teach, and whether or not they offer the first lesson for free.
The free lessons are a good way to try out several tutors. It's important that students get along with their tutors as they may be spending a lot of time with them and it's much easier to learn new concepts and skills if you're enjoying yourself.
There are different types of tutorials available, too, so you might want to think about what type of lesson you'll be after.
Face-to-face tutoring offers a tailored teaching experience to the student and ensures that all the lessons are planned with them in mind. This is particularly useful when a student is struggling in primary or secondary school and doesn't perform well in group lessons. However, this tailored service usually comes at a cost and face-to-face tutors tend to charge the highest rates.
If the budget is an issue, group tutorials are usually cheaper. In many cases, children will respond well to being a smaller group, especially if they're nervous or shy. Similarly, if all the students are of a similar level, they can learn together. With the cost of the tutor's time shared amongst the students in attendance, the cost will be less of an issue.
Finally, if there aren't any suitable tutors in Liverpool or Merseyside, you can always search for online tuition. Thanks to the internet, you can enjoy English language tutoring from tutors all over the world. Of course, when it comes to exams like the GCSE or A Level, you might want to make sure that the tutor's from the UK or at least familiar with these exams.
In Liverpool, English tutors charge on average £16 for English tuition per hour.
Tutors rates will differ depending on:
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On Superprof, we have a number of highly qualified English tutors available to offer private tuition.
An English teacher can help you work on many things:
You can decide with your tutor what you hope to accomplish from your private English classes.
On Superprof, many of our English teachers also offer online tuition. About 80% of tutors offer english lessons via Skype.
To find available online English teachers, just select the webcam filter in the search engine to see the available tutors offering online courses in your desired subject.
Online courses via webcam offer you more advantages in terms of flexibility and are often less expensive as the teacher does not need to travel.
On Superprof, you can browse our range of teacher profiles to find the best solution for your English tuition.
You can refer to a tutor's individual tutoring cv and choose the English tutor that corresponds to your needs.
Once you have found a teacher you can get in touch with them via the messaging service on our platform to discuss the details of your course.
In Liverpool and the suburban areas, 168 private English teachers are available to give private courses.
Students gave their English teachers an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 from a sample of 16 recommendations.
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