English tutors! Knowing when it might be time to hire one and how to get started
Learning English is a fundamental part of growing up here in Australia, and hiring a tutor that specialises in this subject is a great way to keep your child’s learning on track and help them to achieve their goals. Here’s how to know when it might be time to hire an English tutor and how to get started.
Benefits of hiring an English tutor
There are many benefits to hiring an English tutor, here are some of them:
The lessons are customised to the child’s individual needs
Everyone has different ways of learning, and an English tutor can customize the lessons to suit your child’s learning style. Your child has the opportunity to ask as many questions as they need, and the tutor can work on the topic for as long as needed before moving on to ensure that they have comprehended what has been taught to them. This allows them to grasp concepts quicker and advance their learning much faster than in a classroom setting.
A confidence booster
Often children will withdraw from engaging in the classroom if they don’t fully understand the topic. An English tutor can help your child to prepare for upcoming presentations and they can offer helpful feedback so on the day, they will have it down pat and can deliver it with conviction. When your child has been taught concepts and understands them, they then have the confidence to share their knowledge with their peers and teacher. This can have a flow-on effect and improve the overall enjoyment they get out of going to school.
English tutors can work around you and your child’s schedule, and this allows your child to enhance their learning without having to sacrifice or compromise on other important extracurricular commitments. They can sit down with you and work out a program that suits everyone.
What to look for in a tutor
It’s important to know that all tutors are not equal and it’s a good idea to do your homework before hiring someone to teach your child English. Here’s what to look for in an English tutor:
Their teaching background
There’s so much more to being a good tutor than the qualifications that someone holds, but hiring someone that has extensive knowledge and experience in the subject will ensure that your child gets the absolute best from their lessons. Teachers are taught how to approach learning through various methods to personalise the technique to the individual. Ensure that your child’s English tutor has a teaching background in your child’s year level.
Your child’s English tutor must be personable. They need to be able to engage with your child and keep them interested in their learning. This is not only beneficial for your child but, if the tutor is friendly and approachable, it makes it easier to have an open line of communication in regard to your expectations, where your child is at, and learning goals that they have set out.
Teaching requires patience, and this is something that you should look for in an English tutor. For your child to understand the content and progress, the tutor should take the time to go over the work as much as necessary until they master it. Rushing through subjects is not going to benefit your child whatsoever.
How to know when it might be time to hire a tutor
Most often, parents seek the help of a tutor when their child isn’t meeting year level expectations for English however, this isn’t the only time that a tutor can be beneficial to a student. You may consider a tutor if:
- Your child is learning on par with their peers but would like to expand their knowledge and help them obtain higher marks.
- To maintain their level of learning and to prevent learning gaps from forming.
- To work on major assignments or tasks throughout the year.
- You don’t have the time to dedicate to homework, assignments, assessments etc.
How to get started
The best way to get a good recommendation is by asking friends, family, as well as your child’s teacher. They can offer an unbiased opinion on tutors they have used previously or suggestions of English tutors they know that are good.
Do an internet search
By searching for English tutors in your area, you should come across some suitable options. From here, you can look up their reviews. This can give you an idea of whether they may be a suitable option for your child or not.
Decide whether online, one on one or group tutoring is the best option
Tutoring comes in many forms nowadays, and each has its own pros and cons. For example, one on one is more personalised, but you have to find them, check their credentials etc, whereas group tutoring is less personalised but you don’t have to research tutors and their experience as it’s all done for you. When doing your research, make sure the English tutor offers teaching in your preferred method.
Ready to get started?
We hope this post has given you a basic idea of what to look for in an English tutor and find out what Subjects We Tutor, when your child may need one and how to get started. If you have any questions, contact us here at Stress Less Tutoring, we offer holistic tutoring for all age groups and can help your child to reach their full potential.