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The UK is one of the greediest countries when it comes to private lessons and tuitions. Are British students that bad? Not really. However, competition to get admitted in the best universities of the country have grown fiercest in recent years reflecting a shit in the working world too. Unlike other countries in the European Union such as France, private tuition are sadly not eligible for tax write-off in the UK.
It did not prevent the private tuition business to grow constantly over the past few years, the number of pupils and students receiving help from private tutors being on the rise year to year. The GCSE and A-level system in place in the UK implies that the success of British school goers relies heavily on end of year exams, the golden period for private tutors.
Even though school support tuition represents a big part of the private tuition industry in the UK, many young and older alike, decide to follow private classes to learn a foreign language, how to play an instrument, how to practice yoga or how to draw. For those, private tuition is a way to follow a passion and relax after school or after work.
Overall, the following private classes is the best way to enjoy the tailored support of a teacher who’s often an expert in his field rather than a qualified teacher. During those sessions, students can ask all the questions they want and enjoy personalised advice.
Many people need special follow-up and a private teacher will focus only on them in order to guarantee their successful apprenticeship. Either for academic success or to hone a skill, private tuition has been more and more in demand throughout the UK.
Academic support is one of the most common reasons for students to be taking on private tuition. Some pupils or students struggle with the pace of their classes and may encounter some difficulties in specific subjects (maths, French, English, History or Geography). It is often concerned parents that decide to hire a private tutor in order to prevent their child from falling behind.
In the UK, one out four students will at some point require the help of a private tutor for academic support. From middle school to A-levels. Private tutoring is also used to prepare for some grammar schools or to improve final grades and get into a specific university.
Whatever the reason for a student to take on private tuition, it is generally a great help for them to keep up with the demanding curriculum and to get them the grades they are aiming for. Private teachers are able to offer a tailored follow up to each of their student which matches their needs, strengths and downfalls. It might be physics lessons, French lessons or maths lessons, keeping up with the curriculum is all that matters.
The most important thing is to find a teacher that will have the patience and the skills to help pupils or students with their lessons and homework at home. Private tuition at home is a real opportunity to help students.
Private classes are not reserved for academic support at home. More and more private tutors have been offering classes and courses on a wider range of subjects. Anyone can now take private classes to learn how to play the saxophone, to weave, learn the English Sign Language or to learn how to cook.
Private classes have become a way to discover a new hobby, often put on the back burners because of school, work or family. It may be tricky to find a school offering those kinds of classes especially if you are leaving in the countryside. Taking private classes gives more flexibility when it comes to choosing a teacher, class schedule and location. Learning how to knit, learning classical dance, learning how to play the guitar or how to use a computer, everything is now accessible to everyone.
Most home private teachers are passionate about what they teach: music, cinema, fitness etc… They know how to pass on their knowledge and how to make their classes fun and interactive. When hiring a private tutor you will often do so for their particular skills set, which you probably would not have found in a classic school: a drawing tutor passionate about Japanese comics, a historian knowing everything there is to know about South American pre-Spanish cultures and so on. Take advantage of the multitude of different profiles you will be able to find when looking for a private tutor and learn something you are really passionate about or something you always wanted to do.
There is more than one way to take private lessons. You can choose to have lessons at your place or you could go to your tutor’s home if it works for your tutor too. Most often, either for academic support lessons or for extra-curricular classes, a private tutor will often go to their students home.
This means that you will be saving time as the lessons come to you and not the other way around. You won’t have to face traffic or other commuters in the tube. Just wait for your teacher in the comfort of your own home. This gets a little bit more complicated if you want to learn how to play an instrument. Drum kits or pianos are particularly cumbersome and sometimes expensive and if you happen to have neither space nor the money to have one at home, you will have to travel to your tutor’s teaching studio.
If you happen to own a drum kit and you are starting taking lessons, it might be a good idea to warn your neighbours about it!
If you are unlucky enough that no tutor lives near you, which might happen if you live deep in the English countryside, do not despair. Teachers and tutors on Superprof often offer online lessons, that way everyone, everywhere can learn about everything.
Using Skype, WhatsApp or FaceTime, students can follow any classes they want even if they live on the other side of the planet. Maths private classes can use tools such as screen sharing and homework can be organised via emails.
It is also possible to organise private group classes with friends, classmates or colleagues as long as you work out a time when everyone, including your private tutor, is available.
Following online classes is more common than ever and saves both students and tutors the commute for the same results.
To get ready for your GCSEs or A-levels or just getting up to date with your maths curriculum, there are many ways to take private lessons: online, through a specialised company or word of mouth.
Community center boards are filled with ads for private tutors offering anything from classic school support to learn how to play the trombone. Have a peek at those and skim through all the babysitters and handyman ads to find the right tutor for you.
Platforms such as Superporf offer a nationwide network of tutors for any kind of subjects. Simply look for a tutor that fits your needs, check out reviews left by previous students and get in touch with your future tutor.
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