“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
― Nelson Mandela
Is there a good time to seek out tutoring? Does your son or daughter display any of these?
- Lacks confidence with schoolwork
- Becomes distraught about going to school
- Struggles with Maths
- Reads without interest or understanding
- Reads through punctuation marks or skip lines completely
Of course, these indicators are not the only signs for a cry for help. Any change in behaviour or mood may be an indicator that moves you to further investigation.
One thing you should not do is shrug off these indicators as, “Oh, it is only a phase they are going through.” because chances are it is a phase they will not get through. The cause, or trigger, of the change may vary from changing teachers to taking your children out of school for off-season holidays. The latter has a considerable effect on children in Year 3, 5 and 7.
Years 3, 5 and 7 appear to be the years when new concepts are introduced in Maths, and probably other subjects. But we, at the tuition room, see these years as the most influential to the student’s development. Basically, a lot of new stuff is taught in Maths during these years. Missing one or two weeks during the school period has a lasting and recurring effect on that area of knowledge through the following years.
Back to our original question, is there a good time to seek out tutoring assistance?
You would think Year 1 students would not require tutoring assistance, after all they have just started school and what have they learned? Prep is used to prepare children for Year 1 and it is at this stage they learn the simple things like singing the alphabet, counting to ten or twenty and spatial skills such as left, right, in front, under, first, second, last and inside and outside. Even colouring in pictures helps to develop the fine motor skills required to hold a pencil to form letters while learning to write.
Sometimes children miss some concepts, and this puts them behind during the first year because there is assumed knowledge in Year 1. Yes, tuition does help to restore confidence to a Year 1 student.
It is always easier to help students who are in Year 2, 4 or 6 because these are the years before the next knowledge jump. Catching them up in these years aligns their Maths knowledge for the next year jump in concept learning. We have noticed the most distressed students who come to us are in Years 3, 5 and 7.
When is the best time to bring a student for tuition? When you notice a change in behaviour that continues for more than two weeks. There is generally a reason for that change and if it is related to learning then tuition may be your answer. Having said that, it is never too late to seek out tuition. We have had students in Year 8 that have received tuition to cover knowledge short falls from Year 5. No, it is never too late to help a student who wants to be helped.
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
By Peter Kenyon: XtraMile Tuition Strategies Tutor