Should I get a Math Tutor for my child? Is Math tutoring effective? ::UPDATED::

Should I get a Math Tutor?

As a Maths teacher, during parents evening I am always asked “should I get a Math 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 Math tutor. You might even be thinking about what should I look for in a Math tutor if I am going to look at Math tutoring for my child.

Although it is a difficult question to answer my response to the question is one that sits on the fence. However, to help you decide how you could respond  or if you are a parent looking for online Math tutor here are some advantages and disadvantages of arranging Maths Tutoring for your child;

Advantages of getting a Math 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 Math 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 Math Tutor

  • Pupils do not develop independent learning skills as the Math Tutor sometimes does all the thinking
  • Pupils get dependent on Math 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 Math Tutor would be required at every other level – GCSE, A-LEVEL. DEGREE
  • Financial burden of a Math Tutor
  • The Time and Cost of Math Tutor


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2 Comments

  1. Florence Gogan says:

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post. I really like the information which you have shared in your post.

  2. Daren Mallett says:

    Hi…Thanks for the post…I strongly disagree with your wording…”Teachers are forced to provide a general teaching level that fits most pupils in the class”. Teachers are not “forced” to teach to the “general teaching level”. They do so, because the systems and structures currently in place don’t allow effective differentiation for the individual. It is, however, possible, to cater for the individual, thus rendering the “forced” to be replaced with the verb “can” (if they chose). Cooperative teaching, supportive admin. and effective pedagogy allows for effective differentiation. While this isn’t the focus of your post it is food for thought. Why is there a need for tutoring? How can schools better support individual students so that such tutoring is the exception, and not the norm? Thanks for the post. Great food for thought.

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