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What to consider when hiring a tutor

May 2nd, 2023 by Lauren

As the summer holidays draw near, you may contemplate ways to assist your child’s education during the break. It could be that you aim to aid them in preparing for an entrance exam, transition to a new school or simply ensure they remain on track for the upcoming academic year. In any case, hiring a tutor may prove to be a valuable investment.

Finding and hiring a tutor can feel daunting with so many options available, but reflecting on these frequently asked questions can help you in your search for hiring a tutor.

Is it worth hiring a tutor even if my child isn’t behind in their learning or classes?

Yes, it can be worth having a tutor even if children aren’t falling behind academically. A tutor can offer a range of benefits beyond just improving grades, such as helping children to build confidence, develop study skills, and explore their interests in a more personalized setting. Tutors can also provide enrichment opportunities, introducing children to new ideas and topics that they may not have had the chance to explore in a traditional classroom setting. Additionally, having a tutor can help children stay motivated and engaged in their learning, which can be particularly important during times of transition, such as moving up to a new grade level or transitioning to a new school. So, while tutoring can be a valuable resource for children who are struggling academically, it can also be beneficial for those who are looking to excel or simply want to explore their interests further.

What should I consider when thinking about the type of tutor I hire?

Considering your child’s needs is crucial when thinking about hiring a tutor because every child is unique and has their own learning style, strengths, and weaknesses. By taking your child’s needs into account, you can find a tuition setting that is a good fit for your child and can provide the support they need to succeed. For example, if your child is struggling with a specific subject, you may want to look for tuition which specialises in that subject area and can provide targeted support. By considering your child’s needs, you can ensure that the tutor you hire can provide the support your child needs to succeed academically and beyond.

Hiring a tutor is expensive. What more affordable options are there?

While hiring a private tutor can be expensive (as of April 2023, the average UK private tutor is £30 per child per hour), there are more affordable options available for families who may not be able to afford the cost of one-to-one tutoring. Estia Tuition provides maths and English tuition for as little as £12 per week for all the children in your household. Our tuition is via online, on-demand tutorials alongside topic tests to ensure the knowledge has been retained and understood. This is provided to students alongside bi-weekly, online 1-2-1 tuition and an on-demand qualified teacher line for any challenges that need further explanation or even to help with homework. If £12 per week is out of reach, there are free ways to secure tuition for a child at home by harnessing educational websites, content creators and YouTube channels.

Ultimately, it is important to find a solution that works within your budget while also providing the support your child needs to succeed academically.

What can parents do to support a child’s tuition?

It’s important to appreciate that hiring a tutor for your child requires effort on the parent’s part. There isn’t a silver bullet in education and academic success. Some children will require positive reinforcement or encouragement in between their learning. Most children (especially younger children) will not willingly engage in assignments unless reminded or encouraged. As with anything in life that requires practice and continued development, e.g. sports, musical instruments, etc., you will get out of hiring a tutor what you put in. Children need parents/guardians to help hold them accountable and continue their learning at home.


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