Some children struggle with maths and it is imperative to identify and address this problem as early as possible. One-on-one tutoring can improve your child's achievement in maths or any other subject. There are a few private tutoring options available to parents in the UK and which one you choose will depend mostly on your child's needs and your budget. Learn more about private tutoring in this article.
Distance and internet tutoring
Online options The advent of the internet has made it possible for parents to hire affordable tutors in a range of subjects from all over the world. Tutors communicate with students on an as-needed basis through email, web chat or telephone calls. This option is perhaps not the best for a child who is having extreme difficulty or who has special needs, but its scheduling flexibility makes it an attractive option for students who just need a little boost or extra-help beyond the ability of the parents to provide. Warning Be careful when researching UK tutors on the internet because it is relatively easy for anyone to publish a professional-looking online tutoring website. Look for certifications, accreditation and other credentials before purchasing any services from a tutoring business online.
Agencies and at-home options
Tutoring agencies Tutoring agencies and educational services companies provide qualified specialist instructors and industry-standard assessments for children experiencing difficulties with maths. Though this is perhaps the most expensive solution, it provides you and your child with a targeted program designed specifically to suit his or her needs and talents, an experienced and qualified instructor who has access to educational equipment and resources, and usually a process of monitoring and reporting progress. Tutors can meet students at home or at the agency. Hire a student A more affordable and less official option is to hire a home tutor from a local college or university. Any student or recent graduate in a science-related field will have sufficient knowledge of maths to help primary and secondary students who are having some difficulty, but they may lack training in educational fields or in working with children who require special needs. In exchange for this training, they can often offer much lower tutoring rates and more flexible scheduling. Many primary and secondary schools maintain lists of local available tutors for parents.