How choosing the right tutor can help build self-confidence

Most parents don’t need to be convinced that tutoring is important. Any parent who has seen their child’s grades improve after dedicated tutoring sessions will attest to it. However, choosing the right tutor has an impact on children beyond their next test or due assignment. The qualities and confidence that can be imbued into students with the right tutor will carry them through their entire academic career and beyond.

School is complicated.

Confidence can take a hit in the classroom. We’ve all been there – social pressures, large class sizes, a teacher who needs to move quickly through a set curriculum – there are plenty of factors working against students’ ability to reach their full potential.

When children begin falling behind, their frustration can lead to an unwillingness to try, and therefore an inability to catch up. Even students who aren’t struggling can experience anxiety when participating in class, preventing them from truly excelling.

To get the most out of the classroom, students need to have a solid educational foundation, and more importantly, the confidence and motivation to get fully involved. In last year’s National Tutoring Survey of Parents, 91% of parents believed tutoring boosted their child’s self-confidence.

But not all tutors are created equal.

Tutoring comes in all shapes and sizes. Tutoring sessions that focus too heavily on workbooks or computer programs can end up feeling just like another classroom, doing little to inspire.

Even in a one-on-one tutoring situation, inexperienced or uncaring tutors may be able to improve an assignment grade or help a student pass a test, but in the long term can reinforce a disengaged attitude. A student who is bored and uninterested in a tutoring session is going to be bored and uninterested in a classroom. A good tutor will endeavour to create a culture of excitement around learning, improving confidence. This leads to a more active and engaged student, one who participates and drives their own education. And the right tutor will build a personalised learning experience for each student, understanding their learning style, the gap in their knowledge, and what they want to achieve.

Improve a child’s confidence. Change their life.

Better grades are a great short term benefit of tutoring, but shouldn’t be the only focus. Whether they are struggling with a subject, or want to push forward to academic excellence, all students can benefit from the personalised attention that can only be achieved with one-on-one tutoring. This foundation can inform students’ development into adulthood, letting them pursue their dreams through tertiary education and out into a competitive workforce. Grace Simpkins Personal Tutors offers personalised, one-on-one tutoring all across the country – with in-centre, in-home and online options. Contact us now to choose the right tutor and start your child on their journey to higher confidence and a fully realised future.

How a tutor can help set realistic goals

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

In schools there is a keen focus on setting academic goals, though there can also beencouragement towards setting interpersonal goals or goals related to emotional resilience. What is important, however, is to understand how nurturing effective goal-setting behaviour from a young age can shape the rest of your child’s life. By knowing what they want to achieve, students know what they have to concentrate on and improve.

In a classroom with students of varying needs and with a limited amount of time to work with each of them, a teacher is sometimes hard-pressed to develop individual goals for each student. Your child could be relegated to achieving the stock standard goals for the whole class. This is where a tutor can help change your child’s life.

Create long-term vision and short-term motivation.

Tutors can help set goals that are focused on bettering the overall academic prowess of your child, but also, goals that are realistic and achievable. Having sharp, clearly defined goals with a plan towards achieving them, which students can measure, will allow them to take pride in accomplishing those goals. Teaching students how to set goals can be divided into three parts: first, students set realistic goals, then a step-by-step action plan is developed to help them attain their goals, and finally, students then reflect on their progression towards reaching their goals.

Why is teaching students to set realistic goals so important? If a child normally gets Ds in maths, then it may be overwhelming to suddenly be pushing for an A. The fear is that a child who makes an unrealistic or poorly defined goal will not be successful and then feel disappointed in their perceived “failure.” If a student receives Ds in maths, then it is probably more attainable to first try to achieve a B on the next maths test and then work towards the A after that.

Plan the work. Work the plan.

Once tutors have worked with students to set a realistic goal, the next step is to develop an action plan that makes the goal more achievable. A realistic plan does not not only include a set timeline and end date, but also “mini” goals to reach along the way. Finally, students are to reflect upon their journey and whether or not they achieved their goal. It is important to discuss with students that not everyone may reach their goals—this may be due to lack of effort, difficulties along the way, or circumstances beyond their control. The important thing is that they are accountable for their actions, and they shape their own journeys.

Too often, students only focus on the end point instead of considering the entire journey. The key lesson for students is that determination, hard work, and reflective thought is needed in order to recognise an area for improvement and actively work to accomplish a change. This helps them develop a more positive attitude towards any challenge that life might throw their way.

At Grace Simpkins Personal Tutors, your child is being set up for the future they want. With one-on-one tutoring, you can ensure that your child is getting the guidance they need to live out their potential. Contact us now to find the best tutor for your child, and set them up on a path to success.