Some may think that having a personal tutor is only for students who are really struggling in school or have the desire to go above and beyond regarding their educational success. In more recent years the public schools have changed and so has the need for tutoring. Today more than ever there is a need for more students regardless of their cognitive abilities to have their own personal tutors. Here are 3 reasons why it is beneficial for students to have a personal tutor.
1. A personal tutor is helpful for kids in large classes
Because of budget cuts, some school districts in Canada have had larger classes than they’ve had in the past. Large classes tend to have poor student outcomes that affect the students throughout all their years in the school system. This is mainly due to the fact that it is difficult for teachers to give adequate individual attention and feedback to each student in the class. Having a personal tutor is very beneficial for students who are in large classes and need some more personalized instruction. This helps them keep up with the material being covered in class and stay motivated to learn. British Columbia class sizes this year have been smaller this year and teachers are fighting to continue to maintain these smaller class sizes.
2. Personal tutors can help students meet grade level requirements
Over the years Canada and the U.S. have been implementing more and more standardized tests and have increased the grade level requirements. Students who fail to meet the grade level expectations have to go back and complete that year of school over again. This can be very difficult for students to deal with and should be the very last resort. Hiring a personal tutor for a student who is struggling to pass grade level tests can help them keep up with the requirements and move on to the next grade level.
3. Students with special needs benefit from having a personal tutor
Most public schools practice inclusion, which means that all students are placed in one classroom together with one teacher. In these classrooms the teacher has to provide instruction for the whole class including gifted students and students with learning disabilities. Students who are highly capable may find themselves bored and under challenged in the classroom and therefore benefit from having a personal tutor. Students with learning disabilities may struggle in the regular classroom and will also benefit from having their own personal tutor.
Requiring the instruction of a personal tutor is not something students should be ashamed of. Spending regular times with a tutor can enrich the learning experience and make school much more enjoyable. Students can work with a personal tutor for one subject or multiple subjects. Tutors have flexible schedules and a variety of instructional methods that can meet each individual student’s needs. If you feel your child would benefit from having a personal tutor you can find a tutor in your area here.