As someone who is homeschooling their children, you may not be the expert in every subject and may you might have had recurring thoughts on if hiring a tutor would be great for you and your students.
The short answer is yes.
It is an undeniable fact that tutors offer a tremendous amount of benefits for you and your children. However, you might be wondering how? In addition to supplementing the education you’re providing, here is a short list of the benefits to bringing a tutor into your homeschool group.
1. Tutors specialize in teaching small groups.
Tutors are not the average educators. They do not teach in large classrooms as teachers do. Instead, tutors are adept at having a small group of students to teach. Most tutoring groups do not have more than 5-10 students at a time, and many have even lower numbers than that. This is for tutors to be able to manage and keep track of all their students’ learning needs and progression speed.
Most tutors are comfortable with educating small groups as it feels the most natural to them, and do not like to have groups that are too big as they are unable to help each student individually in this case. The main goal of a tutor is to help students based on their educational abilities and levels, as they might not be able to fit in properly with traditional education, be it if it is too fast or too slow for their comprehension abilities.
By bringing in a tutor to your homeschool group or even just one-on-one with your homeschooled child, you are able to have an educator that specializes in this exact environment to help out and accelerate the kid’s passion and curiosity for learning and education.
2. You have a co-captain.
Even with only 1 or 2 children, home schooling is not an easy task to handle alone. There are many responsibilities for you to take, and a lot more for you to learn. It blurs the lines of your role as a parent and as a teacher, and sometimes it can get overwhelming. The syllabus these days are constantly changing as time progresses, and you might have difficulty with keeping up with your own studies of the current syllabus, along with educating the kids as both a formal educator and as a parent.
With a tutor, you are able to share this responsibility with someone else. The best thing of all is that tutors are already well versed in these kinds of situations. With a co-captain to help you educate the homeschool group, you will notice that you have a lot more time to delegate tasks and work on others. A tutor can also fill in the gaps of traditional education knowledge that you might lack, as you can focus more on the parenting aspects of running a homeschool group.
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3. Tutors are experts at their subjects.
Tutors aren’t just passionate educators, they are also passionate learners and have usually mastered a subject or two. Tutors are not jacks of all trades. For example, you will have English tutors, Math tutors, Science tutors and so on and so forth. Each tutor has their own specialty subject that they are excellent at teaching. Of course, a science tutor might be able to teach English and math tutor can teach students about science, but they are the best at their own game.
Having a tutor who specializes in a subject that you are not well versed in helps the homeschool group out tremendously. For example, if you are not confident about your biology knowledge, having a biology tutor to help you out means that the kids in the group are able to learn even more as the tutor can teach them things that you might not be able to!
Having an expert to cover your areas of weakness means that the homeschool group benefits in knowledge the most.
4. Tutors are naturally in-tune with homeschooling.
Many tutors work in tutoring centers, however, a majority of them are also very familiar with highly interpersonal in-home or even online tutoring. As some children are unable to attend tutoring out of the home, or require special attention and home education, tutors can be sourced by parents to visit their homes or meet online on a weekly basis to educate and teach their children.
This means that tutors are naturally comfortable with teaching students in their own home, sometimes even using the surroundings to their advantage as teaching material. This ability to adapt to the environment and utilize it as an educational tool is incredibly power, and will help any homeschool group out tremendously, especially when the tutors are able to explain difficult concepts in ways that the students understand, and subconsciously internalize more as it is connected to their homes personally.
It benefits the children the most.
The biggest benefit of employing a tutor to help with your homeschool group is not to you, but to the children. Indeed, having a tutor around means lightening the responsibility upon your shoulders, but more importantly, having two incredibly capable educators to teach children about the world is much better than having just one.
If you’d like to bring a tutor to your homeschool group, contact your closest School is Easy Tutoring location.