A Parent’s Guide to Tutoring in Primary School

A Parent’s Guide to Tutoring in Primary School

You want to be sure you know enough about the tutoring options available to you before making a decision about primary school tutoring for your child. You might do some research on the various options available to you before making your decision.

Does my child need tutoring in primary school?

Parents can sometimes disagree on whether to give their primary school aged child an extra academic boost. Despite some parents’ beliefs that extra tuition is unnecessary during the school year or should wait until secondary school, the majority of parents, if finances permit, want to offer their children extra academic support if it’s available; and extra tuition during a child’s primary school years is most effective.

Parents’ reasons for hiring a tutor for their primary school children

Depending on the child’s age, parents give different reasons for wanting tutoring for them. Most 7-year-olds are worried about math anxiety or building confidence, although the 7+ test looms for some.

Parents may look for help with math when their child reaches KS2 if he or she is still struggling by age 9. In the final stages of primary school – when children are 10 or 11 – primary school tutoring tends to focus more on preparing students for secondary school, 11+ entrance exams for grammar schools and private schools, and the KS2 SATs.

If your child is in a primary school class with one teacher for thirty or more children, however, their ability to receive individualized support will necessarily be restricted by the teacher’s time constraints.

Does your child need a specific type of tutoring?

Tutoring options for parents today are numerous.

Tutoring in primary school is most commonly offered in the following ways:

  • Private tutoring online
  • Tutoring on a one-to-one basis
  • Center-based tutoring
  • Tutoring face-to-face

Tutoring over the internet

A growing number of students are turning to online tutoring. In an online tutoring program, lessons are conducted over programs like Skype instead of in person. With this type of tutoring, you get the same quality and support as more traditional options, but at a much lower cost because the tuition takes up fewer resources.

Our online classrooms offer the tutors the ability to deliver maths lessons by following a planned curriculum of learning objectives that have been developed by math experts to match what your child will be learning during the school year.

Tutoring one-on-one

There is no other tuition style as well-known as one-to-one tutoring. It is usual for each student to have their own tutor, usually an expert in their subject, who works with them one-on-one in order to help them succeed.

Tuition centers for groups

Kumon tuition centres are familiar to anyone who has heard of Kumon. It all starts with a single teacher teaching several students at the same time. Ideally, the students should be of similar abilities (although this isn’t always the case in practice), and teaching should take place in a central location, which looks like a classroom.

Tutoring face-to-face

As the name suggests, face-to-face tutoring involves the tutor and the child working together in a shared space. If you are hiring through a tutoring agency, the tutoring will usually take place at your home or in a safe environment.

There is a closer bond between the tutor and student with face-to-face tutoring, but it is usually more expensive. You should also make sure the tutor is legitimate since they will be working in close proximity to your child, just like with one-to-one tutoring.