The Negative Stigma Surrounding Tutoring

It’s no secret that school can sometimes be hard. For all students, some tasks or topics just go in one ear and out the other. For students who regard themselves as high achievers, the step to investigate or ask for assistance can be tricky. This is often where the stigma starts. The stigma is founded on the perception that tuition and seeking help is an option open only to those who are really struggling or desperate with their studies. Students who might be gifted academically or don’t often struggle in the classroom, then find it hard to ask for assistance. This stigma around seeking tuition or further support with education stops a lot of students from reaching their full potential.

Being scared of what other classmates will think if they seek help is one of the major obstacles that prevents students from getting one-on-one help. Unfortunately, it seems as though having regular tuition might be a weakness. Yet at the end of the day, by seeking the help that students need, both their education and the student is better for it.

Something that should be noted to all involved, is that the student is not any less smart in seeking help with their studies. The notion that only struggling students can reach out is a negative stereotype. Everyone in life, regardless of whether it’s in education or not needs help from time to time. So, why when a student is trying to benefit their education is it perceived as a bad thing?

What the students who are suppressing their struggles or worries about school don’t know, is that they are missing out on the real benefits and opportunities that a tutor can provide all because of a stupid stigma. Not only does ignoring help affect the academic studies and experience for a student, but some pretty heavy dents can be made internally. The heightened stress and pressure of having to complete everything all alone, with the added anxiety of not understanding content, are just some of the things this negative stigma is contributing to.

In accepting help and assistance with academic studies a little weight can be lifted off students’ shoulders. With a tutor, the student has a person who is committed to helping their learning and providing undivided individual attention; unlike that of their normal teacher who struggles to provide equal attention to all 30 plus kids in the room. Reinforcement of content and ideas can also be gained when seeking outside assistance. It may not even be specific academic benefits, but tutors can even provide the simple tips and tricks to studying or recommend better habits in and out of the classroom.

So, don’t listen to what the classmates say or what some of society may think because in the end, getting tuition and the help of a one-on-one tutor is the right move for a student’s education.