The acclaimed The School Run recently interviewed our Director Tania Khojasteh about how to get the best from tutoring. The School Run is a website for primary-school parents who share our mission to help children with their education and make sure they get the best possible start in life.
With some tutors charging several hundred pounds an hour, it is understandable that parents want to get their money’s worth. At Über Tutors we make tutoring accessible for all incomes without compromising the quality of tutoring and mentoring services we offer, offering subsidized rates for families and students with financial needs. The School Run asked Tania about how parents could make the most of their child’s tutoring, so read on to find out more.
What kind of tutoring company should you choose?
Tania elaborated on the benefits of choosing an established tutoring company like Über Tutors. Established companies will have a number of tutors on their books and can help you find the right one for your child’s specific education needs and challenges. A good tutoring service will, therefore, always send a representative to meet you and your child to match you with a custom-fit tutor.
At Über Tutors we hand-select and train all our tutors and offer a free initial consultation to build a programme to address students’ individual needs. We then match a tutor to the student’s needs and personality. Once tutoring begins, our tutors send feedback reports to parents (or the students themselves if they are at university) after each lesson that document progress, difficulties and homework, so that parents are always up to date. Tania and our team of education experts are also available for additional support and advice to support both the families we work with and our tutors.
How many hours should tutoring last?
Many parents ask themselves how many hours tutoring should last. This depends on whether a child is receiving tutoring for general academic support or to prepare for upcoming exams. We recommend that for 11+ preparation, for example, children start tutoring a year before the test. We usually start with one session per week, and potentially increase this to twice a week in the run-up to exams. For general academic support, however, once a fortnight could be enough. Our sessions usually last 1.5 hours in order for the students to get into the flow of work and make real progress.
How do you know you chose the right tutor?
To assess the impact tutoring is having, your child will be the best judge on whether the tutor-student relationship is working out. As Tania told The School Run, children are usually very honest and will tell you if they don’t like someone. However, don’t confuse your child’s dislike of a subject or extra work with a dislike for their tutor as children may sometimes conflate the two. If your child does, however, raise concerns, it is best to check in with the tutor or tutoring company to see how things are going before making a hasty decision.
How can progress be monitored?
Although progress can be monitored through exam results, they may not always be the best measure as some children struggle with exam stress. Other indicators include homework results and teacher feedback and it is important to remember to reward your child and acknowledge their hard work. The key indicator, however, are changes in a child’s attitude to their work and an increase in confidence as they develop key life skills that extend beyond the classroom as tutoring brings lifetime returns.
Tutoring with Über Tutors
We have extensive experience providing general academic support and preparing students for all exams, including Common Entrance Exams, SATs, GCSEs and A-levels. Our team of highly achieved tutors and our bespoke matching process instil in your child the skills and confidence they need to succeed.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 02030867311 now to discuss how we can best support your child and access the full article by The School Run here.