Excelling in education can help students realize future goals, attain job and life skills, and earn a living wage. If you are thinking about taking on private tuition to further your education – make sure you understand everything involved, We look at the pro’s and con’s of having a private home tutor and having a child study in a learning centre which can offer a different environment.
The Role of a Private Tutor
Families usually reach out to a private tutor for several reasons. You may be looking for help to enhance education, refine organizational skills, or prepare for standardized tests like the ACT or SAT. Many home tutors will specialize in these areas and will be able to offer specific instruction to fine tune the skills. Private tutors may also be able to present the information in a unique way so you or your child can gain a better grasp of the concepts.
Tutors usually begin with an assessment to discover where there student needs help. Once tutors understand where the learning difficulties start they will be able to create an individualize plan to strengthen skills in that area. If a student is having trouble with maths – the tutor can pin point the difficulty and give the student different methods to solve the problems.
Pros and Cons of Private Tutor vs. Learning Center
Private tutors can offer several positive benefits for students including:
- One on one attention
- Flexible schedule
- Adapt to student personalities
Private tutors may not offer:
- Wide range of subject content
- Consistent setting
- Variety of learning materials
Learning centres can offer different benefits including:
- Socialization with other students
- Organized consistent setting
- Wide range of instruction with different tutors
Learning centres may not offer:
- Quiet environment with few distractions
- Lack of consistency – different tutors each time
- Higher cost and length of contract
Overall it is personal preference that will determine whether you should seek a home tutor or a learning centre. Each offers different types of benefits and you may need to decide which learning environment will be most effective for your situation. If you really need one on one attention – the private tutor is probably the best answer. If you need a wide range of instruction offered by several different instructors – the learning centre may be the best choice.