Should I get a Maths Tutor for my child?

As a Maths teacher, during parents evening I am always asked “should I get a Maths Tutor for my child”? I try to avoid answering this question as there are many different factors to take into consideration when deciding whether to get a Maths tutor.

My response to the question is one that sits on the fence. However, to help you decide how you will respond  here are some advantages and disadvantages of getting a Maths Tutor for your child or learner;

Advantages of getting a Maths Tutor

  • Teachers are forced to provide a general teaching level that fits most pupils in the class.
  • Pupils with special challenges need more individual attention and help from a Math Tutor that understands their personal situation.
  • Pupils with exceptional abilities need the individual stimulation and extra stretch provided by a private Maths Tutor. The Math tutor encourages people to learn new things, helps them get started, and helps them keep going.
  • A Math tutor can also save valuable time by providing hints and guidance in the right direction.
  • A Math tutor can show you new perspectives, and show you new ways of doing things that will make a difference in all areas of your life.
  • A Math tutor can also introduce you to a wonderful world of fascinating concepts to explore and play with to your hearts content.

Disadvantages of getting a Maths Tutor

  • Pupils do not develop independent learning skills as the Maths Tutor sometimes does all the thinking
  • Pupils get dependent on Maths Tutor
  • Responsibility for learning is placed on the Maths Tutor and pupil blames his/her Math Tutor for lack of progress
  • Pupil does not develop resiliency skills
  • A Maths Tutor would be required at every other level – GCSE, A-LEVEL. DEGREE
  • Financial burden of a Maths Tutor
  • The Time and Cost of Maths Tutor


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