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Ask a tutor and they will tell you that an hours tuition can do as much as a full weeks’ worth of lessons, more if the two are working together, rather than as two independent study sessions.
But an hour is still just 60 minutes, how much work can you really do in that time? It turns out a lot if you have things sorted out in your mind and in advance.
Speaking as a tutor there is nothing more frustrating than turning up to find your tutee is still watching tv, doesn’t know what they want to do, or even where their pens and paper are.
Have a plan in place. What do you want to work on, if you can arrange to email the tutor beforehand all the better, do you want to recap a topic or technique, have you recently done a mock test and want to look at the results, do you struggle with a specific part of exam technique? Or do you want to start looking ahead in the syllabus so that you can get the foundations in place before tackling the harder topics in class. Have a specific target in mind.
Be ready to demonstrate what you already know
Tutors are not mind readers, if you need help with a maths problem the tutor won’t have any idea if the problem is in the basics, or in more recent work. So have examples ready to go, and if asked to demonstrate something painfully easy, do so. If the problem seems too hard discuss what you understand and where you are getting stuck with your tutor.
If your tutor, and your teacher, say you need to practise something, do so. It’s no use spending an hour practising a topic that you could practise on your own without the tutor sitting there. There is a lot of debate about the benefits of homework, yet the results are clear, for older students, those who do homework have better results in exams.
If you have questions write them down, and try and solve them first
So you have a burning questions, or a topic that you need answers to, write down your questions. Then see if you can answer them online first. This way you are getting the most out of the time with the tutor.
Don’t expect it to be like a classroom
In a classroom teachers often set questions, hand out worksheets, and expect a certain amount of work. But in a 1 to 1 situation you can learn in different ways. Discussions, questions and answers, listening as your tutor explains things, these are all valid learning methods, as are worksheets and text books.
Measure your success
Don’t be afraid to ask for questions that you can do after each session, your tutor might point you in the direction of online resources, or ways you can print out past papers.
Not every child is good at Maths, which is unfortunate, as it is very important to get National 4/5s qualifications in this subject. Sometimes students despair of ever being able to ‘do’ maths. Teachers are not always helpful, as there was once a prevalent belief that if a student was good at English, History or other art subjects, they are just not good at Maths. While this may be partially true because of the way the brain works, there is no reason why a child should fail Maths if they are given the appropriate training and tutoring.
If you think about how we use maths in our daily lives, its importance is obvious; we have to have a basic knowledge of maths to go shopping, for example. If we want to make a cake that is larger than the one given in the recipe, then we need to know how to multiply the ingredients. and we also need to divide if we need a smaller cake. Bricklayers need to use maths to calculate how many bricks will be needed, and gardeners have to work out and measure, how much space should be given to trees and other plants. There are many other ways in which Maths can be applied in our day-to-day lives.
Problems with Maths
If your child has problems with Maths, you might be tempted to help him or her yourself, but unless you are a qualified Maths teacher, this might not be a good idea. The way Maths is taught now will be very different from the way you were taught Maths at school, and you might confuse your child while attempting to help. Perhaps you have a friend who you know to be good at Maths, but, again, if he or she is not a qualified Maths teacher, then there may be problems for your child.
Maths is Important
It is important for you to arrange Maths tutoring for your child with a qualified Maths teacher. It is also best if that tutor works at a school because he or she will be well-versed in the latest teaching methods. He or she will be able to explain how Maths works to your child. When the tutor understands why your child ‘can’t do Maths’ he or she can work out what the problem is with your child’s perception. A clear explanation regarding how to solve a mathematical problem and giving your child more practice in solving similar problems will give your child more confidence. When your child understands that Maths is logical and not magical, it will all become clear, as long as the tutor can explain the mental steps needed to arrive at a solution to a Maths problem.
Its not embarrassiong to ask for help!
Your child may be embarrassed about his or her inability to do Maths, in which case, you need to think about one-to-one Maths tutoring. Alternatively, some children feel more confident when they are taught in groups. If you approach our tutoring company to help your child, you can be assured that our tutors at Glasgow Scholar Tutoring will do their best to find out how best to assist your child and develop his or her Maths skills. They are all practising Maths teachers and understand what the requirements of the curricula are for all National exams.
You as a parent only want quality education for your children’s future. There is a saying that goes, if you think education is expensive, try ignorance. Well, you surely do not want to be ignorant in this world because it will mean a miserable life. Also, education in the primary and secondary stages in the government sector, like UK education, is almost free, which is why saying that it is expensive is not an excuse. Here are some of the things that you should know about the education system in the UK as well as the importance of school tutoring.
Education System in the UK
- Full-time education until 16 years of age.
Like in another education system in the world, pupils and students until the age of 16 are required to attend full-time education. Most stay until the age of 18 to finish further education so that they will be prepared and ready to go to universities.
- Extra-Curricular Activities.
The education system in the UK is not just focused on the academic aspects. They have also activities which develop the physical and social aspect of the students like sports, joining music, science, drama clubs and another literary group. They also provide leisure activities which are very important because all work or all study makes a dull student. That is why education system should provide this opportunity for the students.
The education system also provides the scholarship in universities which is very helpful especially for those who are encountering financial difficulties. This is initially for a year only, although some universities extend it until the second year depending on your course, the fact that you can enter a prestigious university in the UK for free is a big thing. You will be able to work your way in the long run in order to continue your education.
Importance of School Tutoring
School tutoring must be given utmost importance in any society. This is one of the investments where you will reap many benefits. Having highly-qualified teachers, instructors and professors play a significant role in this. Schools and universities should see to it they are able to give the students the things that they need. On the other hand, it is also the responsibility of the students and pupils to study hard so that the whole education system will be a success.
Having quality education is very important because this will determine how well they can face the world. The level of their skills in their profession depends on the type of learning they get from schools and universities. The different stages and levels should be designed in a way that the students will be able to maximize the learning and applied it in their everyday life. It is the duty of the educators to inculcate in the minds of the students the values they will need in life.
The government also plays an important part in these. They should allocate the budget that is enough to maintain state-of-the-art educational facilities that further improve the level of learning in UK education. Using these products of advances of technology will make the education system more comprehensive and suitable in the modern times. Everyone should treat education more than gold or silver that can be robbed. It is a lifetime investment and you will surely enjoy life to the fullest if you are equipped with it. So always give importance to school tutoring and be a responsible educator or student.
It is also important to note that learning is a lifetime process and if you are a parent you will only want nothing but the best for your children. It is one of the important things that you can give them.