11-14-2020 7:40:58 AM CST
8 Benefits of Private Tuition for Students
By Mark Richards
Private tutoring is becoming increasingly popular, which is hardly surprising as it is particularly
effective in improving not only a student’s academic grades, but also their practical understanding of
wide range of subjects.
There are many reasons why receiving tuition can have such a positive impact on a student’s abilities.
Here are 8 benefits of private tuition for students:
1. One of the biggest advantages of private tuition is that lessons can easily be customised to
suit each student. Whereas in school a student may be at a disadvantage, if, for example, they work at a
different pace to the rest of the class, or need to focus more attention on a specific aspect of the course,
private tuition largely negates these problems.
Learners will benefit from the fact that a tutor can adjust the pace, focus and goals of a lesson
depending on the needs and abilities of the student, meaning that learning efficiency will
such as dyslexia or dyspraxia. A good tutor will be able to take this into account and be a great
benefit to a student."
2. Another huge positive gained from private tuition is the amount of time a student will
receive from a teacher.
As private tuition is usually on a one-to-one basis, teachers can focus their attention fully on a
student. This is obviously a huge advantage compared classes of twenty to thirty pupils where a teacher’s
time is divided and individuals can very easily become lost in the crowd.
With fewer distractions, the tutor is better able to appreciate and work on a student’s weak points,
making the whole learning process more effective. Students will respond better to a teacher that is
suited to them, in terms of both temperament and learning style.
3. Unlike school, where students generally have very little, if any, choice in regards to who their
teachers are, opting for private tuition does allow the student or their parents to pick a tutor that they
feel comfortable with. As there is such a wide range of tutors available, each with their own strengths,
specialities and learning styles, there is bound to be a tutor that is well suited to each and every student.
Finding the right tutor, that can engage and inspire, can really make a big difference for the learner.
As private tuition is usually one-to-one, tutors and students are able to work much more closely
and develop stronger relationships than would otherwise be possible in a larger class.
The impact that this can have on a student is profound, as teachers will be able to get to
know their students better, and so will find it easier to spot potential problems and give them assistance.
For shy students, being in a learning environment with fewer people can also help them to express
themselves, as they are under less pressure from their peers.
4. Having a tutor who is able to keep the student focussed and interested will ensure that the
homework is not only completed to a higher standard but, more importantly, is more effective in terms
of what a student is able to gain from it.
“Homework can often be boring, and sometimes daunting, experience for students.
Left to their own devices, many will just work through it without really engaging in
the subject, and it becomes more of a box ticking exercise.”
5. Similarly, tutors can be especially effective in regards to test preparation. The advice and assistance
that they can provide ranges from the structuring of revision, to troubleshooting weak points in the
student’s knowledge. As such, a tutor’s help can prove invaluable.
6. School lessons can often be quite rigid in their learning style, as they often have very set
goals and a strong reliance on textbooks. Private classes usually have a less formal approach though,
and so are more flexible as a result. This leaves tutors free to use whichever materials and learning styles
which they deem most useful. Thus, a student will often be faced with materials that they would not
encounter in school. These adaptations can be a great help, as they prevent students from becoming bored
whilst at the same time pushing their boundaries and providing them with a challenge.
7. As a mode of teaching, private tutoring is becoming increasingly flexible and convenient.
Tutors will often be able to come to you, which saves a lot of time for both students and parents in
regards to travel. Organising a suitable timetable is also easily achievable, allowing sessions to be
structured around school or other extra-curricular activities. With the rise and growth of online tutoring,
this has become even easier, allowing lessons to occur where and when you want.
8. Although it is great if parents are able to get actively involved with their children’s learning,
this is not always a practical option. Busy schedules can limit the time you are able to spend each week
helping out with homework. In addition, as children become older and their studies become more advanced,
parents may not always be able to provide suitable assistance. In both these cases, having a private tutor
who has both the time and skills necessary can be a great help, benefitting both students and
11-13-2020 8:07:34 PM CST
Social and Emotional Impacts of Dyslexia
Dyslexia in children, affects a lot more than reading — it can also impact a child socially. “A dyslexic person
who has word-finding difficulties can have trouble with their expressive language,” says Scott Bezsylko, the
executive director of Winston Preparatory School, which specialises in teaching kids with learning disorders.
“That has a social impact, in addition to your difficulties with reading and writing, that make you feel not so
good about yourself.”
Kids with dyslexia — particularly those who have yet to be diagnosed — often suffer from low self-esteem and
high anxiety because they worry that there is something wrong with them, and are often accused of not trying
hard enough to learn to read. A child's anxiety can grow when they do not feel accepted or understood by their
parents, peers or teacher.
“A lot of our work with dyslexic kids is to help them rediscover that they are smart and capable,” notes Beszylko,
“because they’ve stopped believing in themselves.”
performing tasks that seem to come naturally to others. Demystifying the learning disorder with your child can
help him develop the tools — and resilience — necessary to manage it, both in school and in social circumstances.
Some things you can do to help include:
Discuss the specific challenges that result from dyslexia: “You know how you have a hard time reading signs or
copying notes from the board? That’s dyslexia.”
Acknowledge his effort and celebrate hard work, even if there are still mistakes: “I know how difficult that
reading homework was. I am so proud of how hard you tried.”
Help him recognise his strengths: “You showed such great sportsmanship and teamwork in the soccer game the
other night, and that was a great goal you scored!”
Combat negative self-talk: If your child starts saying things like, “I’m just stupid,” don’t ignore it. Instead,
check out these ideas for helping kids who are too hard on themselves.
With the right nurturing and tutoring, these children can recover, becoming confident and resilient. We can
nurture our children to become emotionally intelligent.
06-10-2019 4:26:20 PM CST
HOW TO GET EXTRA HELP AT SCHOOL
If you believe your child may has special educational needs (SEN) or is struggling with his school work,
such as reading and writing, comprehension or any other difficulties, you should contact the child's teacher or the
school's Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) to discuss your worries or concerns, and the appropriate
support that the school could put in place.
SEN Support is the support that a school or college should put in place for any child or young person with SEN. A pupil
does not need to have an official diagnosis of a learning difficulty in order for support to be given. However, a
Diagnostic Assessment can be an advantage and can ensure that any additional support is targeted to the pupil's specific
areas of weakness and strength.
There are 4 stages of SEN Support:
(1) Assessing your child's needs:
Firstly, you should talk to your child's teacher or the school's SENCo about your concerns and give examples of how
your child struggles.
Alternatively, if a teacher or SENCo has concerns about your child's progress, they should contact you directly to
discuss your child's difficulties and the appropriate support to put in place. If the young person is over the age of
16 they should be fully involved in designing their own SEN support and provision.
The SENCo should spend time with your child to work out what kind of extra support they might need. Every child's
SEN Support needs are different, depending on what kind of difficulties they have and how serious these are. If
necessary, other specialists, such as an educational psychologist, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech
therapist or others may be involved.
(2) Planning SEN Support:
will benefit from any SEN Support they get. As Parents, you should be fully involved in discussions about the support
that should be put in place for your child. Again, If your child is 16 or over, they should be involved in this process, but
children can be involved at any age and getting their input and opinions is important to their progress.
(3) Putting the plan into action:
working with your child on a daily basis - this may include working with a Teaching Assistant who works in the
teacher's class, who may work with your child in small groups, or on a one-to-one basis. However, the SENCo and any
support staff or specialist teaching staff involved in providing support, should work closely to track your child's progress
and check that the support is working.
(4) Review the outcomes of the support:
try to agree and should work together to decide whether the support is having a positive impact, whether the agreed
outcomes are being met and if any changes need to be made. Regular reviews will map the progress of the child and
can help to identify any 'holes' that need to be rectified.
Parents may also want to involve other professionals reports in the reviews or ask them if they can attend the review
with them - I was fortunate enough to receive this kind of assistance when my children were being reviewed at school,
however, it is usually parents who will need to pursue the help their child needs and your persistence will usually pay
If you feel your child is still not getting enough help at school, you may wish to enrol them in extra tuition - in which
case you will need to search for the right kind of tuition and tutor who can help your child with their specific needs.
03-09-2019 5:21:26 PM CST
HIGHER EDUCATION & DYSLEXIA
Our child had difficulties in first school, middle school and high school - but with the right kind of help and
input, they survived! Now they are ready to go into higher education, either at college or university -
but how will they manage?
NOT ONLY do our grown children, now higher education students, need to be responsible for getting
to their college or university classes and lectures on time, (right day, right place, right time etc) they need
to be self-motivated, they need to learn to work in groups with students they may not know, learn to discuss
issues and concepts they don't known much about ...
Higher Education students will need to find their way around the college or university e.g. different
buildings spread over a vast site, find the library and IT suite and know how to use them! Not as easy
as it sounds - I know, I was one of those students!
I personally found the library very challenging - it seemed a complicated system that didn't match
anything else I'd come across; eventually I found the isles where the books I needed where likely to be,
and searched hard - then found I had to wait for the books to be returned before I could use them to study
or completed assignments and essays! Some students may find the canteen and student rooms very
challenging as they are very disorganised and often very noisy - it can overwhelm your senses.
Understanding the assignments and essay requirements in Higher Education was something else!
The assignment tasks seemed to be written in another language and I had to try to decipher what on earth it
was they really wanted!
Thankfully, I was able to access Student Support at University, but firstly, I needed to introduce myself to
them and let them know what my difficulties were, then they were able to assess my needs and work with me.
Higher Education students with Dyslexia often struggle with organisational skills, memorising and
study skills, reading skills, taking notes, writing essays and revision, they therefore often need a tutor to
help them through their studies.
Through Student Support, I was assigned another tutor to assist me in understanding what was required
from me and how to structure essays so that they covered all of the requirements of the task for the course.
Teachers and Lecturers in higher education are required to make some adjustments for dyslexic students
and any other kinds of needs that students have, but they need to be made aware via the Student
Some students require note takers in their classes. I was given a computer with speech to text hardware
and other programmes to assist me in my studies. This is a good tool for students, but because I was already
a good typist, it wasn't something I really needed, however, I have found Grammarly and an online dictionary
to be excellent tools - and ones I use constantly! Personally, I found the support I received at University was
better than I received anywhere else.
I would advise two things:
Firstly, get additional support with a tutor either face to face or in some form or other. Any student
with Dyslexia or any extra needs will benefit from getting Student Support involved with their studies, so
that they can manage the work-load, stress, assignments, essays and deadlines.
Secondly, Dyslexic students may benefit from our on-line Study Skills Course, for students in high school
or higher education with dyslexia.
Our on-line course covers topics such as:
- organisation and exercises
If you are interested in this on-line course, please contact me on this website.
03-02-2019 5:17:11 PM CST
TRANSITIONS: MOVING UP TO MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL
As a parent of a child with Dyslexia, ADHD Aspergers or Dyspraxia etc, you will need to be your child's
advocate. You will need to negotiate with teachers, educational professionals and others including the
medical professionals. You will need to be strong and resilient, yet reasonable and positive.
When my son went through the educational system, I went with him - not into his lessons of course,
but into the school to negotiate his needs.
Moving to a new school was a sock for my son, as more was demanded of him than he was able to deal with.
Changing classrooms and teachers for lessons, finding his way around the school etc and adjusting to stricter
rules and higher requirements and standards of work and strict teachers who did not understand his difficulties
was enough to make him give up trying, give up on school and teachers etc, which he did from Middle school
onwards. Physical Education was one prime example. My son had Dyspraxia among other things, meaning he
was slow at dressing and undressing and he most often forgot to bring his P. E. kit with him, leading to
punishments and detentions.
You may know already, but Dyspraxia also means there are memory and organisational issues a child has to deal
with - a school diary often didn't suffice in this area. P. E is also difficult when your child's coordination isn't good
or they find it difficult to follow the teachers instructions and directions. This got my son into more
trouble. You can imagine the resentment that built up in him plus a breakdown in confidence, followed with
bullying from peers.
School became torturous at this stage. my son started misbehaving and refusing to go to school. I only just got
him through the first few years at Middle School but decided enough was enough.
He needed more specialised education.
We choose a special unit attached to a mainstream school, because despite wanting him to go to a school for
dyslexic children, the LEA refused to fund this. My son ended up in a autism base attached to the school.
The teacher was excellent and understood his behaviours etc. I was quite impressed with her.
He made a little bit of progress.
But more trouble came our way when my son had to move to High School. This was an utter failure.
They moved him to another mainstream school with a different type of unit - it was a learning support base,
which you would think would work but in his case, it didn't. This was all the LEA had to offer and it was the
wrong place for him. My son and his teacher did not get on at all and his behaviour worsened. Two teachers
who were in the base had no real understanding of his needs and were intent on punishments, which again,
made it all the more troublesome. School became a battlefield. Our communication broke down and
our emotions were raw. Teachers meetings were like hell on earth. There was no understanding or trust anymore.
In the end my son was expelled and we felt helpless in helping him. He couldn't take anymore schooling and
neither could we. All of this could have been avoided if our son was placed in the right kind of school or unit.
I'm sharing get this to help parents avoid these pitfalls and all the heartache that goes with it. I would advise
parents to make sure that the school your child attends IS the right kind for them, with the right kind of attitudes
and the right kind of support all around. In the right hands our children can excel and make good progress -
I know this because my second son, who also has Aspergers syndrome and Dyspraxia, thrived in the right school.
He failed in mainstream Middle school but when he was properly assessed and sent to the right kind of autism
base unit, he was able to manage school and passed his G.C.S. E.'s. After many more years, he is now studying
at a university in the USA.
Through the years, I've needed to be both my son's advocates, through their failures and achievements.
I totally understand how parents feel and some of the struggles they go through, and I now tutor children
with Dyslexia and other difficulties after taking some training and having work experience at a private school.
I really enjoy what I do and find it fulfilling. If I can help you or your child in any way, please contact me.
Meanwhile parents, make good choices with your child's schooling and education and keep strong!
02-25-2019 6:26:25 AM CST
STRUGGLES GETTING AN E.H.C. PLAN
In my last Blog, 'Being Heard', I explained some of my experiences and struggles with 'being heard'
and my child being supported at school. The struggles began when my eldest son was a toddler, with
slower speech development, co-ordination difficulties, difficulties blending and connecting with peers,
and then when he started school, difficulties with reading, writing, following directions, concentration
and generally keeping up with his education at school.
I explained the difficulties I had getting teachers and the first school he attended, to listen and to take
things seriously, and to offer extra tuition and help with his education. Our son eventually had a
diagnoses of Dyspraxia, Asperger's Syndrome and Dyslexia. I think they missed ADD, but this
was enough to help us understand what was happening with our son.
However, we moved to a new area and school, and my son joined year 2. This school were more
sympathetic and understanding of dyslexia, with a helpful teacher and SENCO. At last we had some
recognition of the problems he was having at the school, but the problem was that the problem did
not go away! Although the school was able to put in some limited help, via small group work,
once a week, they were unable to provide help in the classroom or with the widening gap in his
ability to read and write. The school was stuck. They needed more funding and more staff to be
able to accommodate his needs.
We went to many meetings and reviews with the school SENCO at his primary school, but progress
was still slow. I felt my son needed a Teaching Assistant in his classroom at a minimum, but this
could not be accomplished without finances from the Local Authority. So a battle began with the
Local Authority - although they knew my son's difficulties from the school records and meetings,
they did not agree to him having a Statement of Special Needs, as it was called then - this is now
called an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC), in the UK.
We attended many Individual Education Plan (I.E. P. ) review meetings with the SENCO, and
some with the Local Authority (L.A.) representative, who unfortunately for us, was the worst, most
uncooperative, unsympathetic and uncaring person I had come across in the education field!
From their point of view, if my son made a tiny steps of progress, they refused any further help -
even though he was more than 2 years behind his peers at this stage. In exasperation, we took
the LEA to court, to force their hand into giving our son a Statement (EHC), not once, but 3 times
we went to court - but even though we had evidence and medical reports to back us up, we STILL
failed to get the necessary Statement (EHC) that we needed. The L.A. had good solicitors and
representation that fought our case. We felt angry, exhausted and exasperated, and this time,
because we had moved house and area, we did not have a support group to help us through!
Eventually, after many battles, the LEA agreed to carry out a full assessment of our son's needs -
and guess what? They discovered that he WAS as far behind as we said and they FINALLY agreed
to Statement him! What a relief! At last! We finally had some extra help in the classroom -
7 hours of T.A. help! Well, that was better than nothing! It was the next step up on our journey.
state specifically, how the school is going to help your child.
Today, 25 years plus later, the system has changed from a Statement of Special Educational Needs
to an EHC plan in the UK. The process is still tough. I still regularly meet many parents who face
similar difficulties with their child's education, and they feel they need tuition for their children because
it is not forthcoming from the school.
To achieve what my son needed, despite the setbacks, it took courage and persistence, negotiations
with school, plus help from medical experts including Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language
Therapist and other educationalist just to get the Statement (or EHC), because his difficulties were
persistent and the educational gap was wide.
Not all children will need a EHC plan, but most with Dyslexia and similar difficulties will need extra
support in school. I would encourage all parents, no matter your child's needs are, or how hard the
road gets, to keep negotiating with the school teacher and SENCO, to seek outside help, such as tuition
and other therapies and professionals, to keep persisting and to continue to have courage to push through,
until you are able to get what you know your child needs. Be strong!
02-20-2019 11:43:44 AM CST
Dyslexia and Being Heard
I was a parent of a young child just starting Reception Class in Primary School, nearly 25 years ago,
in Birmingham. He was my first child and this was our first experience of school, and unfortunately,
it was not a good one.
I was aware of my son's difficulties, by observing how he blended in with other children, how he
responded to instructions from the teacher, and how he progressed with his reading and writing.
I also observed his attention skills were poor and his fine motor skills were poor, e.g. he couldn't
hold a pencil or write his own name. As I talked with parents and made my own observations I
became more aware of the gap that was present and growing. I often spoke to the teacher about
my concerns, but mostly felt my concerns were not taken seriously and I wasn't being heard.
They made me feeI that I was being too fussy and over-anxious. However, the more I asked, the
more I felt pushed back, and ignored by the school. I felt I had to fight to be heard, but the more
I spoke up for him, the more they seemed to close down. I had a battle on my hands.
Going back in time, when my son was about 3 years old, I had a referral through the Health Visitor
for speech therapy, because of my son's late development of speech. Speech Therapy only lasted 6
weeks, however it was still obvious there were other concerns - he did not respond well to instructions,
nor was he compliant. He did not seem to develop well all round - he seemed slower than his peers
in most areas. This eventually lead to another referral, to specialists at a Child Development Centre.
Thankfully, they heard and understood! They saw him and myself several times to make assessments.
Eventually, when my son reached about 6 years old, they diagnosed Dyspraxia and later on Aspergers
The battles with the school begun. The Teachers and School were not listening. I turned for help in
other directions. I joined a support group for children with Dyspraxia (who mostly had other
difficulties too, including Dyslexia and Aspergers or ADHD). This group of parents were the most
supportive group I ever came across and they REALLY understood my daily struggles and dealings
with education - we were like a life line or even a life support machine to each other. We laughed
together and cried together. We helped each other in every way we could.
By the time my son was 8 plus, and still in his first school, he was still really struggling with
reading and writing. The school had by then, put in some input in form of small group work,
but it was minimal and not enough for his needs - by then the gap had widened.
Eventually, I went to a private educational psychologist who diagnosed Dyslexia. My son had a
continuum of difficulties, although not all in the severe range, but he had an overlap of Dyspraxia,
Dyslexia and Asperger's syndrome. Eventually, we moved house and moved school, and the new
school was more understanding and supportive of his needs, but he was still behind... my concern
for my son was that he received the right level of special needs input at school. I was also concerned
that he would not manage as he continued to mainstream education... unfortunately, this turned out
to be right. But I'll explain more about this in my next blog...
Let me advise you and encourage you:
Firstly, if you have any experiences like the ones I have shared with your child or the school system,
then join a support group and get as much information and support as you can, outside of education
as well as inside.
Secondly, we offer private tuition for dyslexic students and on-line tuition, or your child may benefit
from multi-sensory phonic tuition, that covers all of the basic phonics and spellings, in a fun
and interactive way.
This is a long journey and to get through this, you will need some level of support as you journey
with your child through their education and life.
You can contact me if you are interested in any of our services on the form provided
on this site.
02-20-2019 11:02:34 AM CST