Tuition – Worthwhile or a waste of time? Part 1

I have provided tuition, one to one and in small groups for the past 10 years. I do it because it is fun, rewarding and I did always mean to become a primary school teacher until corporate land caught me!

So if you are thinking about finding a tutor for your child, take a moment to read the below –

Does your child have confidence issues?

Sometimes, the answer is as straightforward as your child being too shy to put there hand up in class!

This is usually the 10 – 13 year old, the younger ones are fearless and the older ones tend to be over it (typically not always!)

This is actually my favourite type of student. You see results immediately.

Think about it – but don’t mention it at this point. The last thing your little wonder will want to do is discuss it with you!


  • Play games – hangman, naught’s and crosses, countdown – it doesn’t matter as long as it is fun. If you are silly and enjoy the game so will they.
  • An after school club, drama, basketball, chess – whatever they enjoy and can socialise.
  • One on one, take them out of their comfort zone, ice skating rock climbing – sink or swim.
  • Let the teacher know you are working on this, they will work with you.
  • Praise, praise, praise!

My Child can answer the question but struggles to write down the answer?

When was the last time they saw an optician? I tutored a girl for a month before she opened up and I realised she was struggling to read the questions! Eye test and then she was moved up two Maths and English sets!

Again not always the case – some times they could do with some practise, as always keep it simple.

My favourite exercise – what was the best and worst part of your day? Ask them to write a couple of sentences on each and gradually build up to paragraphs.

My Child has no interest in reading!

Wrong, your child has no interest in what YOU think they should be reading.

If they love art at school, why not look in this direction. Look at technique books, blogs or how to guides.

It really does not matter what they read, as long as they do. A book, tablet, newspaper, magazine or even a menu in a restaurant.

Sit with them for 10 minutes a day (you can start at 5 and work up or split this into segments.) Keep it relaxed and enjoyable for you both and you should see a difference.


If you see no/little improvement in 4 weeks.

  • Look at the font size/spacing of the text. My dyslexic brain cannot process anything too close together, too small or in silly fonts.
  • Grab a ruler or piece of paper and underline the line they should be reading. This should keep them on track and minimise confusion.
  • Back to basics, practice sounds, th, ch, sh, ee, oo etc.
  • If you are still seeing little change, it may be time to sit down with your child’s teacher, have they noticed anything, can they provide you with any tools to help at home?


More To Follow – in the mean time I look forward to your comments.


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