Where to invest in your children’s education can be a tough decision. With increasingly difficult examinations, many parents are choosing to invest in extra tuition outside the school classroom, which has led to an increase in tuition services available. With so many options out there and many parents leading busy lives, it can be a struggle to know where to start. This blog will hopefully share some insight on how you can best navigate the market and choose the right tuition centre that works for you and your family.
When searching for a tuition centre, a great place to start is their previous student’s grade achievements. If the centre has a track record of producing high grades in their pupils, it is a good indication of whether it is worth investing in their services. It would be wise to be cautious of any centre that is not widely advertising their grades as it may indicate a lack of success in their centre. Testimonials
Reviews are everything in today’s world. It is important to read what other parents carers have said about the centre and the quality of teaching. These reviews will give you an excellent indication of whether it is worth investing in. As tempting as it may be to find a centre producing incredible results, it is equally important to consider how the service has been received by other customers. You ultimately want your children learning from tutors who are not just knowledgeable, but role models for them also.
All children will have different preferences for learning. There are four main learning styles: kinaesthetic, auditory, visual and reading/ writing. When finding a tuition centre, research how they conduct their lessons and if this fits with your child’s preferred learning style. For instance, if your child is a visual learner, they may benefit from a tutor that supplements their teaching with graphs and visual displays. If they are an auditory learner, they will benefit most from a teacher who can explain concepts in a clear and concise way. Location
This one might seem obvious, but you want to consider how easy the centre is to get to. If you are considering regular tuition, decide where it may be best to find a centre. If you would like tuition straight after school, for example, it would make sense to search in the area of your child’s school.
Small groups are undoubtedly more beneficial. At school, your child may be one of 32 children, making it easy for them to cruise along without either the support or push they need from the teacher. In a small group, your child can get their questions answered and detailed support and feedback with their work. It is well researched that regular and high-quality feedback is positively correlated to improvement in grades, therefore look for tuition centres that keep their numbers low so your child can access the attention they need. Can the Centre Meet your Child’s Needs
You may find a tuition centre that checks out well, with fantastic reviews and all the bells and whistles. Despite how great a centre may look from the outside, it is important to consider if the centre can meet the needs of your child. If not, it will not be worth the investment. Therefore, to go with the right centre, you must first know what barriers to learning your child has. A good tuition centre will know how to adapt their teaching to break through these barriers. It might be beneficial to speak to a member of staff at a proposed centre and discuss the needs of your child, they should be able to come back with ways they can support them.
Choosing the right additional tuition for your child can be challenging with numerous options out there. It can be easy to fall prey for clever marketing and false promises.
Using the information in this blog, we hope you can move forward with your tuition search and find the right environment for your child to thrive and succeed.
At Merit Tutors, we are fortunate to offer our students in East London expert tuition. We offer a range of high-quality, yet affordable education to suit your child. Whether that be subject specific or in preparation for 11+ exams, our two London branches are home to qualified teachers with experience in delivering education to all kinds of pupils, in centre, online or at your home. Do not hesitate to get in contact about how our tuition can help your child!