Academic support is not a simple matter. The professor who just shows up to a child's home and nothing more is not doing his job right.

Tutoring at someone's home is a real implication. And not just for the teacher. What's important is a good relationship between the tutor, the parents, and the student. They all have to trust each other for different reasons. But trust is the most important thing.

The final goal is always the same: improve your average, your grades, pass your exams, do not fall behind, or miss out on an opportunity to get into a good school.

Let's break down a relationship that is much more difficult than it seems.

Systematically Resorting to an In-home Private Tutor

Trust Before Anything

Year after year, in-home private tutoring has become more and more popular with students and parents alike!

Obviously, at Superprof, we know what we're talking about...

Make sure your kids do not see in-home private tutoring as a punishment!

There are more and more online solutions these days. Tutors--professionals or self-taught--are popping up all over the United States. And instruction hours are lengthening more and more.

Parents no longer hesitate to let an in-home private tutor into their home and let them teach their students and have them better themselves in certain subjects.

Trust must be established between three parties: the tutor, the parents, and the student. Everyone must do their part to ensure that the adolescent achieves his or her goals in school (kindergarten, primary, secondary, high school, university, ivy league).

A Question of Time or Competence?

But how does one explain the increasingly systematic use of in-home private tutoring?

In order to get precise answers to this important question, we decided to interview a teacher (history and economics) regarding the question at hand. He taught in the national education system for more than 10 years above all brings a different pace to the student's home.

Indeed, even a few years or a few decades ago, high quality academic support was competing with parental homework help. Mom and Dad were in part responsible for their children's duties once their "offspring" had returned home. This was the classic scenario.

We can still see it today, but less and less. Why?

The first thing is that society has changed quite a bit over the last few decades. Particularly for mothers. The latter work more systematically today than those of previous generations. They have more responsibility, which often prevents them from providing academic support and homework assistance to their children.

But it's usually both parents who are away from home. Thanks to increasingly lengthy and prestigious graduate studies, mothers and fathers have great responsibility at work, and this keeps them away from home during the day. They are gone so long that it is difficult for them to be involved with homework.

It's not a question of whether they've got the necessary skills in math, history, English, geography, biology...but rather it's just that they don't have time to even dabble in some tutoring at home with their kids. Work takes up just too much time.

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In-home Tutoring: What Benefits Should One Expect?

So, why should someone call on private tutoring, in-home tutoring, or homework help? Why is it so helpful if my child is already attending school regularly?

It's not that national education is that bad.

There are however some obvious benefits to tutoring. Let's just say that face to face and without the hierarchy we are used to in school, the student often feels more stimulated. The pedagogical freedom of tutoring allows for interactive exercises, curiosity, and discussions with the private tutor. This is the kind of attention that the student may not be used to in class.

While a teacher cannot dwell on student difficulties because he or she has about thirty other students to worry about in his or her program, a private teacher will be able to do so. This, too, means the in-home tutor will be extremely useful to the student. He or she will look at each comprehension problem so that the student ends up understanding everything he or she did not understand before.

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Let's be honest: a teenager will never jump up for joy in view of an in-home private tutor!

The advantage of academic support is allowing more freedom into pedagogy than one can find at school. Casual even, why not! Not all private tutors are graduates. In-home private tutoring is a way to make it to and beyond the school curriculum with two objectives in mind: academic success and entering an ivy league!

Parents are well aware of this. The in-home private tutor is, too. The child may not understand yet...so let's have a look at the important triptych relationship at hand.

Academic Support: Decrypting the Student-Parent-Tutor Triptych!

If there is no trust between the parent, child, and in-home tutor, tutoring won't accomplish all it is meant to. This is regardless of what the parents might have asked for:

  • Homework help,
  • Private classes,
  • A call for help after the child falls behind in class,
  • A refresher course,
  • A course with the objective of entering a program, university, or an ivy league (Harvard or Brown for example), or of preparing for certain exams (SATs, midterms, finals),
  • Long-term follow-up,
  • A course during the school holidays...

In order to help you see what exactly might be needed, Superprof is asking you to project a bit and imagine yourself in the future. If you thought about it but have not yet taken the plunge, it may be time to do so...Let's see what this relationship will look like in three different parts...

The Parent-Student Relationship

Like all parents in this world (or nearly all parents) you are someone who worries about your child's academic career.

This feeling may be stronger even if your child is currently failing elementary school, middle school, or high school. In moments like these, we do not always know what to do. It's also difficult to find a solution to the problems at bay when someone is failing class.

Sometimes the child is dealing not only with lessons he does not understand but also with some psychological mental blocks linked to classes and pedagogy.

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In-home private tutoring goes something like this!

But parents don't only opt for in-home tutoring when a student is having difficulties. They may also ask an in-home tutor to come over and work with their child when the child has great ambitions. Earlier we were talking about getting into prestigious schools or preparing for exams. We also talked about raising the grade average.

All this to say that it is almost always (in 99% of the cases) the parents who are at the initiative of in-home courses. It is hardly ever the child or teenager who demands this service for himself or herself. The "parent-student" relationship is important, and has to be maintained. One way to maintain it is to make tutoring seem appealing to your kids. It's up to you to make sure that he or she does not see in-home private tutoring as an absolute punishment.

Your child should be aware that you are paying a certain sum for your private lessons. It actually is a real financial sacrifice for some parents. The child must therefore take his teacher's lessons seriously in order for the investment to pay off.

The Parent-Tutor Relationship

It's important to talk about trust in this case, too. And what trust!

You've now hired a private tutor for your child. Whether it's a refresher course, a way to get grades up fast, or prep for an exam, you've done something that will ensure a better future for your child.

Also keep in mind that the teacher you chatted with on the internet will (in most cases) come all the way to your home and give your child a private lesson. You will have to fully place your trust in him or her if things are to go well. The first step is choosing the right tutor for the job.

It's up to you to ask the right questions when speaking with potential in-home tutors. It is extremely important to know if he or she is the right person for the job. The tutor must be able to provide tailored lessons in order for the student to improve in whatever subject is needed.

If there is trust between the three, the private tutor can only succeed. They are professionals who are skilled in the very exercise of tutoring. Moreover, the aim of their lessons is never to do things as quickly as possible but to obtain concrete results in the time needed. They are in the business of raising averages and seeing grades flourish.

Finally, we should mention that private tutoring is a professional and paid gig.

The Student-Tutor Relationship

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A student and tutor sharing a moment of trust and understanding.

The tutor-student relationship is the cornerstone of the tutoring triptych.

If the student-tutor relationship is strong enough, it could lead great grades and the results may exceed expectations.

But the tutor will have to be really appreciated by his or her student. The tutor must learn to talk to the student and understand his or her concrete needs as to not waste any time. Moreover, if the student has some serious mental blocks with learning then the tutor will be in charge of unblocking them as the classes develop.

This is when the tutor's job becomes more psychological than theoretical. School can sometimes cause some real blockages in  students. It is the tutor who may have the keys to unlocking them.

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