In the fast-paced world of education, parents play a crucial role in their child’s academic success. While private tutoring offers personalised guidance, parental involvement can amplify its impact, creating a dynamic support system for students. Here’s a guide on how parents can actively engage in their child’s education and enhance the effectiveness of private tutoring.
Communication is key. The more tutors know about your child’s needs, the better quality tuition they can provide. Some students know what they need to work on, whereas others are unable to say what they are doing currently in class at all. Therefore, it’s vital for parents to help their child find out what topics they are working on and pass this information onto tutors. Sometimes this information could be improvement targets that students sometimes write down in their books, which could be checked at home if they take their books home, and other times the information may come from teacher feedback from parents evening for example.
It’s also very important to ensure that lesson cancellations are done as soon as possible, or if lessons need to be rescheduled, the sooner a tutor knows the more likely this will be possible to do.
Work collaboratively with the tutor to set achievable academic goals for your child. Students experience a lot of pressure, and so it’s important that tuition doesn’t feel overwhelming. These goals should be tailored to your child’s abilities, be challenging but not so much that students experience cognitive overload. Regularly revisit and adjust these goals as your child progresses, ensuring a continuous and personalised learning experience – your Cardiff & Vale tutor can help you with this.
A conducive learning environment at home can significantly impact a student’s ability to absorb and apply what they’ve learned during private tutoring sessions. Designate a quiet, well-lit study space free from distractions. Encourage a routine that includes dedicated study time and breaks, fostering a positive attitude towards learning.
Familiarise yourself with the curriculum your child is following in school. Understanding the subjects, topics, and learning objectives allows you to better support your child’s learning journey. Share this information with the private tutor, ensuring alignment between tutoring sessions and classroom content.
Promote a growth mindset by praising effort and perseverance rather than just outcomes. Emphasise that mistakes are opportunities to learn and grow. A positive attitude towards challenges fosters resilience and a love for learning, making private tutoring more effective in the long run. We have a blog about the growth mindset that you can read here (https://cardiffvaletutors.co.uk/news/cultivating-a-growth-mindset-a-path-to-academic-success-and-wellbeing-for-your-child/).
In conclusion, parental involvement is a powerful catalyst for maximising the benefits of private tutoring. By fostering effective communication, setting realistic goals, creating a supportive learning environment, and staying informed, parents can actively contribute to their child’s educational journey. Together with our Cardiff and Vale tutors, parents can create a holistic approach to learning that nurtures academic success and a lifelong love for knowledge.
Blog written by Aleksandra Dul. Photo by Ketut Subiyanto.