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.