24 Sep 2019

How do you know when your child needs a tutor?

  • By Luke Hier  | 
  • 24 Sep 2019  | 
  • 3 min read
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The Education Endowment Fund considers one-to-one tuition to be effective in improving children’s attainment, ‘delivering approximately five additional months’ progress.’

Employing a tutor to provide your child with one-to-one tuition is therefore one of the most powerful things you can do to boost their attainment.

Ideally, this is what all schools would offer, but resources are naturally limited in this respect.

Even if your child has the best teacher in the world, they usually have at least 30 children to consider. As a result, with so many competing priorities in today’s classrooms, getting that all important one-on-one time in school is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve.

Given this, it is little wonder why lots of parents consider tutoring as a valuable investment in their child’s education. Indeed, it is estimated that one in four have had a private tutor at some point.

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Alongside harnessing the power of one-to-one, here are three reasons why you should consider joining those parents who already have a tutor for their child:

1) When knowledge gaps are becoming evident

First, your child may be in the glaringly obvious position of needing extra help in maths. Perhaps it is their addition and subtraction, their multiplication and division or perhaps it is ALL areas of maths they need help with.

As a parent, you will probably be acutely aware of this — those nights poring over homework tasks burned into the memory forever. And, though helping them yourself can pay dividends, employing someone who knows the current methods used in school will be even more invaluable.

This is particularly the case for children close to making the transition from Year 6 to Year 7.

Primary school should provide the foundation for children to build on for the rest of their lives. Moving to the next stage of their education with an unstable foundation may cause them difficulties later on. The longer gaps in knowledge fester, the more difficult it is to make up the deficit later down the line. Therefore, filling gaps in your child’s knowledge before a key milestone is one reason you should think about your tutoring options.

2) When they need a long-term confidence boost

Rather than filling numerous gaps in knowledge from scratch, your child may simply need a bit of reinforcing across the curriculum. Having a tutor on hand to competently go through concepts your child is slightly unsure of will certainly help them feel more secure. Employing a tutor on a long term basis will multiply this benefit; giving your child a constant ‘safety net’ they can fall onto when needed.

Having a long term tutor has the added benefit of encouraging your child to take more risks in their maths learning.

This mindset has become much more significant with recent changes in the curriculum, focusing more on reasoning and problem solving. The material has also got more difficult in lower year groups, requiring children to be more resilient than in the past. In order to tackle some of the questions now posed, children need to be fully confident across all areas of maths. A lack of familiarity with just one area can mean a question becomes insurmountable.

At Matr, our tutors are specially trained to help build your child’s confidence, plug knowledge gaps and improve problem-solving skills. So, if you would like to find out more about our one-to-one learning programmes and what we do, sign up here to become part of the Matr community.

3) If they are struggling with their problem-solving skills

Your child may be keeping up with work at school, but still need help interpreting those long winded questions involving several areas of maths. Working through such questions with a tutor can develop children’s reasoning and problem solving skills (key aims of the national curriculum), providing them with an edge when applying their maths skills. It goes without saying that this will help them with any upcoming exams.

These days, it is not good enough to know your times tables and methods in isolation. Children now need to be able to draw on a variety of methods simultaneously when working through challenging questions. Extra practising of such questions with the help of an additional pair of eyes can work wonders.

As you can see, there are several scenarios in which you might want a tutor, even if your child has few learning gaps. Next week, we will be focusing on the variety of tutoring options out there, helping you to explore what is best for you and your child.


Still looking to read more? Take a look at our post on ‘How to find a primary maths tutor’ for an idea of how to get started. Or if you want to know more about different types of tutoring, have a read about the benefits of one-to-one tutoring and 10 reasons why online tutoring is better than in-person tutoring!