Whether your child is having extra tutoring to help with their understanding of GCSE Biology, or to help them prepare for a piano exam, they will require general support from parents or guardians. This may not be so obvious, as the tutor is providing the tuition they require. But, having extra support will enable the student to get the most out of the sessions, allowing them to develop and progress.
Ask for your child’s opinion
To get the most from the tuition, your child must be first and foremost, enjoying the learning experience. Discuss the sessions with your child, what they learned, what they think about their tutor, and what their general thoughts are about the lessons. Try not to bring up good or bad opinions. You will be able to tell from the answers, from the neutral questions you ask, whether there are good or bad feelings regarding the sessions.
Ensure they have everything they need
This can cover everything from pens and paper, to a quiet learning environment. Having a well-prepared, and good environment for the tutoring sessions will mean that lessons can begin in the best way possible. Before the tutoring starts, ask the tutor what supplies they will need for the lessons, what needs to be supplied by the student side, and what is supplied on the tutor side.
Set time aside for tutoring homework
Most tutors will set homework or extra learning for students to complete. This is to be expected and is to aid the student's progression. however, if a child receives regular homework, and tutoring homework, this may become overwhelming with the extra workload. With this students, may struggle to plan out when they’re going to complete this. Creating a ‘homework schedule’ may assist with completing their extra work on time, and to a good standard, which doesn’t impact their mental health and time spent with family and friends.
Communicate with the tutor
Having open lines of communication with your child’s tutor is important. This could be via a conversation, or better in a written way. This feedback will provide you with insight into how your child is progressing, and even insight into how you could assist this development. This feedback could include the challenges of the student, what skills the student has gained, what they need to work on, and what their homework is. This is a great way of ensuring the tutor and student alike is focused on moving in the right direction.
If you’d like to talk to our tutors about how they provide feedback, or how they approach tutoring, you can message them via their profile. Alternatively, if you have any questions about how we work at TeachTutti, explore our FAQs.
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