The number of students taking up private tuition has seen a spike over the years, be it primary or secondary schoolers. Truth be told, there is nothing wrong with enrolling your child to attend one or multiple private classes after school hours. A private tuition is deemed necessary when it comes to helping the child improve his performance level; i.e. strengthen his understanding on certain chapters or to elevate his grades. While taking up private tuition can positively bring an impact to a child’s studies, there are also downsides to this.
Let’s discuss both.
- Personalized learning environment
A private tuition has a more personalized approach due to its one-to-one learning environment as compared to the formal classroom setting which usually has a 30:1 student-teacher ratio. Unlike in the classroom, a private tuition gives the student the freedom to raise numerous questions or seek clarifications as much as he wants without feeling anxious.
Getting such freedom will help boost the student’s self-esteem to ask more questions. As a result, it enables him to strengthen his weak spots and help him catch up on the topics he’s falling behind in school.
- Nurture responsibility and time management
Besides having to finish up schoolwork, the student will also need to juggle his free time studying his tutor’s notes or complete his tuition work. Eventually, he’ll manage his time wisely due to having to focus on both chores at the same time. Having this responsibility enables the student to practice self-discipline when it comes to completing his tuition work and monitoring his study progress.
- Safety concerns
You need to know whether you’re getting your money’s worth. As scammers are rampant, there have been numerous reports where parents and students were tricked by people claiming to be genuine tutors with a reputable background. Finding a private tutor can be tricky because nowadays, most offer their services online whereby you can’t completely verify their background and authenticity. These scammers would often request clients to pay the course fees upfront before ‘lessons’ begin. Once the money is received, they immediately disappear out of sight, untraceable.
Private tuition is deemed a luxury because not all parents are financially stable and can afford such education for their children. Most private tutors charge an expensive registration fee and per hour rates. This is especially true for most well-known tutors as they usually charge higher for quality services and materials. Sure, such an amount won’t be an issue to well-off families as they can afford to hire multiple tutors. However, how about those who truly need help in their studies but are less fortunate?
Apart from that, tutors often share materials and demos or conduct their lessons online whenever necessary requiring them to have the proper tools and gadgets. For those who cannot afford such things, this issue can be a burden to them.