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Uncommon ways tutoring can help your child excel

September 6, 2021

Hello, I want to tell you a story from my teenage years.

Way back in Senior High School in 2003, I was not doing well in mathematics 🧮. It was so bad that my then teacher recommended I switch from maths to history instead. My parents however insisted that I am very good at maths, as they saw me do well in basic education.

Right after the first term, they sent me off to my uncle in another region for vacation classes. I will never forget the way my teacher, Bright, took his time to teach me basic principles in mathematics. Then, it became easy.

I became so good in high school that I often had higher scores in maths, between 80% to 90%. The best part of the story is that the second person in my class would be somewhere around 60 or 70%. I became a teacher in my class helping my peers! 

Then in the WASSCE (which is the final exam used to assess senior high school students in Ghana), I got an A+.

Ever since that experience, I have been wondering to myself that, had my parents not made that decision what would have become of me. 

Conversely, I had a similar experience of not excelling at economics. But unfortunately, with that, my parents did not get me a tutor. The result of this action is, it took me many years to agree that I want to study economics, even during my postgraduate studies.

Private tuition is very powerful because it takes your child from the group he or she is normally used to and places him or her into a personalized environment where the tutor uses all skills to make him or she understand the course.

We do this at eSchoolfinder because we benefit every day from private tuition. When you sign up with eSchoolfinder, remember you are signing with people who are not just believers but creators of a solution that is very dear to our hearts. Sign up as a parent or tutor today

On that note, I would like to talk to you about the benefits of private tuition.

We get this question a lot, “ how can tutoring help my child to succeed?” My answer normally is, “you really don’t want to risk it”. Tutoring can help your child get more out of school and out of life. Tutoring might be the hand your child needs to remain confident in school and avoid falling behind in the classroom. Even children with the best grades in most subjects can often benefit from receiving one-on-one instruction in the other areas they struggle in most. 

Benefits of Getting a Tutor for Your Child: 

1. Improved academic performance. Tutoring can help your child do better in school. If your child’s grades are suffering, some one-on-one attention without the competitive pressures of the classroom may help them achieve more.

2. Psychological and social benefits. While academic concerns are often the most obvious motivation, tutoring also has important psychological and social benefits.

 3. Develop new relationships. Tutors can be excellent role models. Tutors with backgrounds different from your own family may also help your child appreciate diverse cultures. 

4. Strengthen a love of learning. Good teachers and tutors help children love to learn. This mindset can enrich their lives and help them in their future careers. 

5. Learn to accept constructive criticism. Interacting with a tutor is great practice for your child in learning how to interpret and respond to feedback on their performance. 

6. Build self-esteem. Children who are falling behind in school may feel bad about themselves and lose interest in education. Tutoring can reverse this situation by giving your child a sense of achievement and a strong foundation for better self-esteem. 

How to Work With a Tutor: 

1. Select a tutor carefully. School personnel can be an excellent resource for finding professional or peer tutors. Local branches of education associations may also offer helpful directories. Always check references carefully. 

2. Develop goals and a work plan. Tutoring usually works best when there’s a comprehensive strategy. You and your child can work with a tutor to articulate your goals and discuss how to reach them. Having a plan will also help you evaluate progress. 

3. Monitor the first few sessions. You want your tutor and child to be able to work independently, but it can be helpful to monitor at least part of the first session. You’ll get to see the tutor’s style first-hand and observe how the tutor and your child interact. 

4. Get feedback from the tutor and your child. Help keep things on track by inviting regular feedback from your tutor and your child. This will help you spot any issues of concern and boost your peace of mind. 

5. Involve your child’s school in the process. Let your child’s teacher know that you have engaged a tutor. Relating with the teacher as an ally can help you all take a coordinated approach to your child’s educational needs and evaluate the effectiveness of your actions. .

Tutoring is an excellent tool for helping your child achieve success and happiness with their schoolwork. 

Understanding the benefits of tutoring and knowing how to work with a tutor can help you to raise a child who loves learning and achieves strong academic success!

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