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Why should I get a Private Tutor? (Part 2)


In part 1 we talked about some of the reasons to get a private tutor: tailored approach to learning, one-to-one attention, bridging gaps, targeted learning and building esteem and confidence. Maybe you are thinking of getting a tutor (say in Maths or English) but are still not sure. How can I convince you? In my opinion, there is one main reason to get an effective tutor: IT CAN HELP BOOST A STUDENTS GRADES. Read below a short summary of some of the research on the effectiveness of tutoring.


Challenging traditional teaching


In “The Search for Method of Group Instruction as Effective as One-to-One Tutoring” Benjamin Bloom talks about studies done by Anania (1981) and Burke (1983). Their studies showed that the average attainment of students being tutored “was about two standard deviations above the average of the control class”. In other words, “the average tutored student outperformed 98 percent of the students in the control class” (Bloom, 1984). When the study was done comparing tutored students with students tutored and then given feedback to improve still the tutored students outperformed the other group though the gap decreased. This proved two things. Firstly, tutoring works and secondly that “most of the students” had the potential to improve. Bloom’s paper also pointed out that not all hope has been lost for conventional teaching that this to can improve. However, even with the improvements tutoring still outshone conventional teaching. Are we looking at teaching in the traditional sense all wrong?


One-to-one for everyone


In 2005, Judith Ireson and Katie Rushforth presented a paper at The British Educational Research Association Annual Conference titled “Evaluating the impact of individual tutoring on GCSE attainment”. They found the pupils that had tutors for Mathematics, on average achieve “just under half a grade higher than students who do not have tutors”. In 2017, The Journal of New Approaches in Educational Research published an article on the Effectiveness of Tutoring for nursing students who were at risk of failure to raise their attainment performance at university. The results showed a significant improvement in the students results. In 2002, Mischo and Haag did “an experimental study” whereby “students who received small group tuition after school in private institutions in Germany made greater gains in Mathematics, English, French and Latin than pupils of similar attainment who did not receive tutoring” (Ireson and Rushforth, 2005).


It’s makes you wonder if all students in primary and secondary schools should have access to a one-to-one tutor in some way in a similar way a tutor is available at university level in UK? Would 10 minutes of one-to-one support these students? Should more specialist subject after school clubs be available to students (e.g. in Maths, English, IT, Educational Organisational skills etc.) honing key skills as well as the extracurricular activities available?

There has been talk of offering free tutoring to disadvantaged children across UK to try to decrease the gap between those who can afford tuition and those who can’t with increasing numbers of middle- and upper-class families looking to tutors. This makes me wonder, how happy are parents with the traditional schooling system if they are looking for the extra edge for their child? Is every child’s uniqueness really being celebrated? Maybe one-to-one tutoring should simply be made more available, even compulsory, to everyone in schools?


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