Independent schooling fees can become a large investment for parents. Approximately 25% of Australian students are attending private tuition to keep up with the curriculum.
Many primary students are seeking entry to selective or private high schools. There is also an increasing pressure for high school students to achieve high results for entry into university.
Students are increasingly attending tutoring after school or on the weekends.
There are many benefits to private tutoring.
One-on-one or smaller group tutoring may allow your child to ask questions tailored to their needs.
Students who are self-conscious may ask questions during class without being concerned of asking a ‘silly’ question in front of peers.
Tutors may also have a clearer understanding of the students struggle areas. The personalised attention enables tutors to confirm whether a student understands a concept before moving on.
Each teacher has a specific teaching style. A big classroom does not always provide teachers with the opportunity to gauge what works for individual students.
If your child is not adapting to the teaching style that works for the rest of the class, private tutoring may be an option.
If your child has changed schools or a teacher, they may not connect and excel in the same way as before.
Independent schools have an abundance of resources and facilities for children to learn.
The specific resources and skills provided by a tutor may increase your child’s self-esteem and better their performance in the classroom.
This may be beneficial for children who are grasping the concepts at school, but lack self-esteem.
Students who perform well in school may still benefit from outside tuition.
Different tuition styles may assist with your child’s behavioural and social skills. Working one-on-one or in small groups can encourage students to communicate more closely with tutors and peers.
Tutoring services may also provide advanced courses or HSC programs which can provide practice materials for higher performing students.
Outside tutoring services should never replace regular classroom teaching.
Studies demonstrate that peer tutoring is more effective when it supplements normal teaching. Tutoring services are designed to consolidate learning material from the school curriculum.
Discuss with your child and their tutor the material being taught and how it relates to the syllabus at school.
Finding a tutor that suits your child is an important factor in their learning.
Many tutoring services provide free trial lessons. Discuss with the tutoring service whether this is an option. A trial lesson may reveal whether a tutor’s teaching style is effective for your child.
Discuss the tutor’s qualifications and previous work experience with the service.
Many independent schools have extensive sporting programs and facilities to assist student athletes.
Parents may choose to engage in private coaching outside of school for similar reasons.
Private coaching may provide an extra layer of confidence. Personalised training may provide extra support in their sporting ability.