Like any relationship, good communication is key. This is no different when it comes to the relationship between parents and tutors. Ensuring that positive and ongoing communication is occurring will only benefit the child involved. As a bonus, it can also often lead to an improvement in academic performance!
To communicate on a respected and positive level, it is important to acknowledge the roles both play in the child’s learning experience. A tutor is well equipped in the teaching and learning aspect, while as the parent you are well equipped on the ins and outs of your child. Knowing what your child is like both in and away from the classroom as well as what their strengths and weaknesses are is important for the tutor to know. Communicating this to the tutor will allow them to alter or tailor their teaching styles and approach to the child.
Not only is it important to engage for the benefit of both parents and tutors, but the students also benefit as well. Parents are most commonly noted as the biggest role model in their child’s life. As the child finishes or begins tutoring and watches their parent and tutor discuss their education, it instigates a sense of value on education. In describing the session and the work being completed at home, both the tutor and parent are displaying to the child that not only education is important, but that the student’s education is important.
Communication from both parties also allows for strategies to be adapted in both environments; at home and in the classroom. For example, if something is happening outside of school within the student’s life, the tutor can adjust and develop new forms of strategies to gain interest and promote positive learning. Additionally, if the tutor is struggling in the tuition session, the parent can be notified to see if different approaches can be implemented at home.
This type of communication is at its foundation, a way to assist and further the child’s learning. This positive conversing between both tutor and parent assures the student that they are committed to assisting in their learning and general development. As a result of the impact this positive communication has on students, it further develops the social, emotional and cognitive aspects of the child.
Trust is another facet to the tutor-parent relationship that needs fostering. In showing trust and respect to the tutor, often in the way of this communication, it creates confidence for the tutor in their abilities to assist with the child. Making sure that as a parent, there is trust towards the tutor as an individual and their intentions for the child’s learning is significant.
Without communication and the mutual trust and respect both the tutor and parent display towards each other, the student’s learning is inhibited. With healthy and positive communication, not only does the student feel confident in their support network, but in their learning too.