- Finding a primary maths tutor: do your research into the background of the company they work for
- Don’t be scared to consider online tutoring as an option if you are a busy parent
- Watch out for hidden costs buried deep in the website
- Personalised one-to-one tuition is key to a child’s mathematical development
Searching for a primary maths tutor can be a difficult task for a busy parent. There are so many different things you need to consider before you commit to a tutor that will be the right fit for your child’s mathematical needs that it can feel a little overwhelming. With so many online maths tuition sites and companies out there to choose from, how do you know where to start?
Over recent years, there has been an explosion in the field of online tuition for primary students and many of these companies claim to deliver personalised learning and experienced tutors.
With so many sites shouting about their credentials, wading through them all can be a tiring – and very time-consuming – experience. It’s hard to know who’s the real deal and who’s just in it for the money!
That’s why we are here to help!
To aid you in your search for a tutor that’s the perfect fit for your child, we’ve made a list of things to look out for when choosing a primary maths tutor online.
From out-of-place rates to the kind of key educational language to keep an eye on, we’ve got you covered. Read on for the tell-tale signs of a great tuition company (and how to spot the not-so-great ones) to ensure that you get the maths tuition your child needs.
What to look out for when searching for a primary maths tutor online
Affordability, reputation, experience in teaching young children… These are just some of the things you will need to be aware of when searching for a maths tutor.
To help you on your tutor treasure hunt, we’ve put our heads together here in the office (putting on both our parent and teacher hats) to come up with some of the most important things for you to take a look at when researching maths tutors.
Parental Pointer 1: Understand why they became a primary maths tuition company in the first place
The first, and one of the most important things to find out, is the tuition company’s mission, A.K.A the real reason behind why they started.
Primary tuition organisations should make sure that the children they are tutoring always come first, so take a look at their ‘About Us’ or ‘Mission’ page.
If it’s the real deal, you’ll find plenty of information about how the company was founded, what it is all about and its mission in education.
To to help you uncover this, when looking through a website you should always be asking questions such as:
Are they educators who care about children?
Do they put the children first in their tutoring sessions?
Will my child get the gain from the tuition lessons?
Or are they just looking to make money?
A good primary maths tuition company will always have your child’s education at the heart of everything they do, and if this does not seem to be the case you should be a little wary!
Parental Pointer 2: Cast a critical eye over their background in primary maths tuition
When searching for a primary maths tutor, it is important to look out for the experience they have, and the feedback they have gotten, in the world of education.
They should showcase rich experience with parents and in schools, alongside a good amount of positive testimonials from happy customers. As the saying goes, the customer is always right, and this is never more the case than with a parent who is getting their one-to-one tuition for their child.
If you want to dig really deep, look for external reviews of the company so you know that they’re not biased. A simple Google search will bring up a whole host of reviews that might be a bit more trustworthy (but always check your sources).
Parental Pointer 3: Investigate partnerships between online tuition companies and other institutions
If the tuition platform is working with other organisations, be sure to take a look at what they do and the reason that partnership has been formed in the first place.
Is the partner robust with high standards?
Or do they hand out rewards to any company that asks for one?
There are hundreds of websites that give away badges that look like quality awards nowadays, but don’t actually hold much weight.
Your best bet is to look for companies that work with trusted institutions that are well-known (online and offline), such as universities or educational charities.
That way, you can trust that they know what they’re talking about, and if they are working with other educational institutions, chances are they have access to expert advice, which bodes well for the quality of the content that their primary maths tutors will be using.
As for commercial sponsorships, be wary of companies partnering with big brands.
While some do it in an effort to make more engaging learning materials, it’s often the case that the brands have a lot of influence (but none of the know-how) when it comes to creating learning sequences and materials.
Just ask yourself what the real aim of the brand is, and you’ll know who to trust.
Parental Pointer 4: Find out where they source their online primary tutors
There are so many tuition sites that advertise ‘expert’ tutors, but fail to provide details about their experience and background.
If there are tutor profiles on display, it’s likely that the company takes a ‘hands-off’ approach, leaving tutors to fill in their profiles as they please (often leaving them unchecked for long periods of time).
While many will have a sign-up process that requires tutors to input experience and qualifications, very few actually check for real documentation.
Tuition companies should be clear about where they get their tutors from, and how qualified they are to be teaching your child maths.
The best companies will provide training in-house so that their tutors know the latest goings-on in the world of education, and are always at the forefront of new educational developments.
After all, what’s the point of hiring a tutor with twenty years of experience if they haven’t ever updated their teaching skills and knowledge?
Times have changed, and so has teaching, and it is certainly safe to say that the national curriculum is different to how it was 20 years ago so it is important that your tutor has kept up.
On the more practical side of things, it’s crucial to check that your tutor has had a professional and thorough background check with the company.
Any self-respecting tuition company will be happy to talk to you about the checks that their tutors undergo. If your tutor is based in the UK, they should have something called a ‘DBS check’, which is a criminal record check issued by the Disclosure and Barring Service (a government organisation).
These kinds of checks are vital for you to be secure in the knowledge that your child is dealing with a tutor that you can trust.
Finding a tutor you know can do the job of teaching your child maths safely and efficiently is one of the most important steps in your journey to finding the right one-to-one primary tutor.
Parental Pointer 5: Comparing how much online tuition companies charge is very important
One key thing to note is that quality primary tuition companies will be open about their pricing.
Make sure you look for sites that clearly state their rate (and whether it’s monthly, weekly or per session) and how much time you get for your money.
Be wary of companies offering rates ‘from’ a certain amount – unless they’re upfront with the maximum cost, you could be in for a nasty surprise when you book a primary maths tutor.
You should also spend some time exploring the depths of the website and dissect the terms and conditions, as they will show you any additional costs that might be incurred. If you’re having trouble finding the details, it’s a sign that the company isn’t confident in or transparent about their pricing model.
Always check for a minimum term too, as good tuition companies will be flexible about letting you cancel when you need to!
So how much does primary (private) maths tuition cost?
It can start from as little as £4 per lesson.
But as the old adage goes, you get what you pay for.
While low-cost tuition might seem appealing, be careful to check tutors’ backgrounds in this price band.
If it’s all you can afford right now, look into the experience of your chosen tutor (and make sure that they’re DBS checked too).
As for the other end of the spectrum, tuition companies that care about children won’t be charging extortionate rates.
If a rate looks suspiciously high, investigate the company’s motives to get a clear view of what they’re really after (here’s a hint, it’s probably your money!)
Most tuition companies with experienced tutors and safety checks in place will run a monthly subscription service with clear terms available upfront. This gives you the freedom to use the service as you wish, cancelling when your child has improved their confidence in maths or if the tutor is simply not a good match.
It’s a win-win and makes finding a home tutor for primary school children that much easier!
Parental Pointer 6: Listen to what they say about online tuition and education
Educators don’t talk about being ‘good’ at maths anymore.
They talk about mastery.
This is the idea that anyone can master mathematical skills if they’re given the right support, and it is something that we wholeheartedly agree with here at Matr. It’s a simple but surefire way to tell if the company knows what they’re talking about.
Teachers have moved away from labelling students as high ability or low ability because the research shows that all children are capable of quality learning.
Avoid companies that label your children this way (even if they promise academic success, they don’t understand the best route to great maths skills).
One way to do this is to check out the company blog – is it full of useful educational material, or is it all promotional material for the company bragging about their brilliance?
If it is the former, this means there are people at the organisation who know their stuff when it comes to education, which is exactly what you want.
The best organisations will provide free advice on how to help your child with maths at home, recent changes to the curriculum and useful information about new learning developments.
Some may even have case studies available that showcase the real-life impact of their tuition. This kind of evidence is a sure sign of a company that focuses on education, and one that will go the extra yard to help your child achieve all they can with maths.
After all, tuition organisations should have your child’s best interests at their centre, and a good primary maths tutor will know how to help your child in the best way possible.
Parental Pointer 7: Start maths tuition at primary school at for long-term gains
Primary school is a good time to start.
It’s the perfect place to address misconceptions in maths before they become bigger problems at secondary school.
Many people find themselves switching off from maths during secondary school and it’s largely because of a gap in basic maths skills that no one ever told them how to fill.
Imagine trying to do algebra if you can’t remember the order of operations. Or trigonometry if you can’t remember shape properties.
Build a strong foundation now and everything else slots into place.
Parental Pointer 8: Personalised tutoring is key to growing your child’s confidence
Regardless of whether your child is excelling in their maths lessons at school or if they need a helping hand, one-to-one tuition will go some way to helping them reach the next level.
Why personalised, one-to-one primary maths tuition is right for your child
Research proves that learning is best when it’s personalised. Even with the best intentions, teachers can’t provide completely personalised learning at school – there just isn’t enough time in the school day.
That means that every child can benefit from online maths tuition – whether they’re struggling with the basics or need to be challenged, extra 1-to-1 maths lessons are helpful to all.
One-to-one tuition is a fantastic way to boost your child’s confidence
Academics aside, there’s a real benefit in hiring a one-to-one tutor.
When else will your child have the opportunity to ask those niggling questions of an expert teacher?
With personalised tuition, your child can ask away without feeling embarrassed about being in front of their classmates.
We all remember not wanting to ask a particular question in front of our classmates due to the fear of ridicule for not knowing our 7 times tables, so bringing these questions out of the high-pressure classroom environment is highly beneficial for your child.
They can discover how to make mistakes (and that doing so is okay!) whilst learning from them in a safe environment with an encouraging tutor with whom they can also build up a relationship.
It’s this kind of practice that fosters resilience in every area of life, not just maths
Aside from the emotional and social benefits of conversing with a knowledgeable tutor, personalised lesson plans that cater for individual needs also result in better learning.
Recent research has shown that personalised learning leads to better achievement and growth in school, and this is definitely evident in the schools our sister company Third Space Learning has worked in with some pupils making 7 months progress in just 14 weeks thanks to this approach!
Online maths tuition is also worth considering as not only is it a great forum for personalised learning, but also incredibly convenient
Now we come to the obvious benefits of online tuition, of which there are many.
- There are no more complicated schedules, or tutors cancelling on the one free evening you had booked in.
- When your tutor is online, you know they’re available whenever you need them, whether it’s on a Wednesday after swimming or early on Sunday morning.
- You can schedule your lessons at a time that suits you, which also means you can avoid the rush hour traffic when driving your child to their lesson.
To cut a long story short, with online tuition you get all the benefits of a one-to-one tutor for your child without any of the hassle of a conventional face-to-face tutoring!
Still struggling to find the right primary maths tutor for your child?
If, even after all of the tips and tricks in this blog, you are still struggling to find the right tutor for your child, it may be time to take a look at what we have to offer here at Matr as we are very confident all of your tutoring needs will be met!
Matr’s online tutors have your child’s best interests at heart
Matr is committed to helping your child with maths at home.
As a parent, you’ve got enough on your plate as it is, so we’re here to offer a helping hand.
Our online one-to-one maths tuition is affordable and accessible anytime, anywhere, for all primary school aged children.
Every lesson follows the UK National Curriculum, so you know it’ll help your child get ahead at school.
Our tutors are trained in conjunction with our partners at University College London, and each have a police checked before beginning their teaching sessions so you know that your child is in safe hands.
And, most importantly of all, our tutors have the desire to inspire kids to love maths (even the ones that are reluctant to begin with!).
Each of our online tuition lessons personalises learning to your child’s needs
Every child is unique, so our maths tuition lessons are too.
Matr tailors each lesson to your child’s individual needs, so there’s no need to worry if it’s too hard or too easy. As we are on the cutting edge of education, we know what the research says, and as a result of this we combine cutting-edge strategies with engaging activities to help take your child’s maths education to the next level.
Lessons are tailored for more effective learning to help your child get the most from each one
Our lessons are either 25 minutes and 50 minutes long, and this is for a number of reasons.
Our short lessons are perfect for those with a busy timetable who need to squeeze in a bit of extra practice. We know that it’s already hard enough to make sure homework gets done, dinner gets eaten and swimming lessons go to plan before trying to squeeze in an maths tutoring lesson!
And don’t worry that they appear brief at 25 minutes – studies prove that learning in short bursts like this is extremely effective, and with our tutors ensuring every lesson is engaging for your child, every one of those 25 minutes will make a mathematical difference!
If however you’re looking for something more substantial, your child will cover plenty of material in our 50-minute sessions.
We don’t offer longer sessions than this because it’s not productive – evidence says that there’s not much point studying for longer unless you have a good break in between.
Our tutors follow best practice for learning – your child will have numerous opportunities to apply what they learn, which means they make more progress, faster.
The Matr community is constantly growing so both you and your child are in good company
Over time, Matr has built up a close following in the parent community.
We partner with UCL to make sure that our primary maths tutors are trained in cutting-edge teaching techniques, so it’s no surprise that our users, both of the parental and child variety, are more than happy to sing our praises.
And with over half a million tuition sessions already delivered in schools across the country, this is just the beginning for Matr, the largest maths tutoring community in the UK.
3 key reasons why Matr primary maths tuition will help your child become a maths master!
We take time to find out what your child needs to know
The first thing we do when you begin tutoring with Matr is a test to see which parts of the maths curriculum your child is comfortable with, and which parts need a little more attention.
It’s normal to have some gaps in knowledge at this age – after all, teachers can’t address every problem with such big class sizes.
Once we know what needs work, we can create lesson sequences that target the skills that your child needs to practise (which means there’s no time wasted going over the stuff they already know).
Having an online classroom also makes us adaptable in an instant.
If your child has been working on fractions in school and no longer needs additional tuition on this particular topic, our tutors can change the lesson focus at the drop of a hat!
We are able to link sequences of lessons for more effective learning
Our lessons aren’t just one-offs.
Learning is best when it’s linked in a topic, so our tutors will always teach sequences of lessons rather than stand-alone sessions (unless the topic is very small).
This makes each method quicker to learn and easier to remember.
Last but by no means least, we love what we do
Matr is a tight-knit community of primary maths tutors, parents, and children.
We love what we do, and we have your children’s best interests at heart. We know that every child is different, and we know the difference early maths education can make.
Maths opens up pathways into incredible opportunities, and we believe that every child deserves the confidence and resilience that comes with quality one-to-one tuition in primary maths.
Want to see for yourself? Secure your space now and begin your child’s maths adventure!