Primary School Tutors have two very simple reasons for this. First, effective education takes time. Second, education is most effective when it develops organically out of a supportive, focused learning relationship. Of course a good tutoring situation will provide a framework for that sort of relationship, but there is only so far the relationship will be able to develop if time is short. If difficulties in school, personal or academic, are a factor, long-term thinking is especially important since confidence and self-esteem hang in the balance with results. If a difficult situation is allowed to drag on, the impacts on a student’s performance and psyche can go very deep, making the process of improvement much more complicated later.
With Primary School Tutors luxury of time, a good tutor has the opportunity to make use of a variety of resources and approaches to tailor-make his or her teaching to the needs and personality of the student. This makes the teaching much more productive and the learning much more enjoyable, which is of course the magic formula for academic success. For all of these reasons, parents should take the longest view possible when considering private tuition. A few weeks-or even a few months-before exams can’t hurt in a desperate situation. But the results of a handful of weeks or months will naturally fall short of those of a well-structured learning programme, honed and refined over time, which allows a student to prepare fully and confidently.
Families considering private tuition should consider getting it in place at least a year in advance, ideally more, if at all possible. At the danger of sounding sort of a public-service announcement, when it involves private tutoring, action is way simpler than reaction, and prevention much more efficient than cure. Full-time tuition with a skilled and highly qualified private tutor represents either a replacement for, or major addition to, school education, and is carried on full-time at home over an extended period, usually at least a year.