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Tutor House: A Guide to Private Tuition
Alex Dyer from Tutor House talks about using Private Tutors, what to look out for and the questions to ask....
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"Getting a child's educational development right has never been more critical, according to supplementary tuition specialist, Tutor House....."
Education is an integral part of the development of child and as well as delivering information, it sets individuals up with a variety life stills. Getting a child's educational development right has never been more critical, according to supplementary tuition specialist, Tutor House, with tough and highly competitive entrance exams for the best schools and stringent entry requirements for the top Universities. Tutor House's director, Alex Dyer said, "Getting a child's educational development right has never been more critical, with tough and highly competitive entrance exams for the best schools and stringent entry requirements for the top Universities."


Private tuition can be for all ages.

Where to find private tutors

Upon deciding that your child would benefit from additional educational support, one of the first questions that you'll ask yourself is where to look for qualified, experienced and high quality private tutors. In a recent poll by Tutor House, 51% of parents said that they'd use search engines to find a private tutor whilst 32% said that they'd trust a personal referral and 17% suggested they'd use other means such as going through schools and local advertisements.

Benefits of hiring a private tutor

Adding a private tutor to the mix could be the catalyst for not only achieving better results, but also for boosting confidence, improving concentration and developing specific skill sets. With many parents already investing heavily in their children's education, the relatively small additional cost of one-to-one supplementary tuition could make the difference between the school or university they set their heart on, or an alternative that they may not be so happy with.

1. One-on-one tuition is better than twenty-to-one
No matter how small school or college classes may be, there really is no substitute for quality one-to-one tuition. Undivided attention from a private tutor will help a student establish their own individual strengths and weaknesses by addressing them accordingly.

2. Inspiration
Faced with an uphill battle to get into their parents' choice of school or university, a student can quickly get demoralized in a typical classroom environment. Additional private tuition replenishes confidence and can keep students focused and inspire to achieve the standards required of them.

3. Improved Confidence
One-on-one tutoring quickly helps students reach their potential, which directly increases their self-confidence. It sets attainable goals and objectives for students to work towards at a rate that they are comfortable with.

4. Concentration is Key
Good concentration is vital to any student's potential for success in the exam room and these skills are often overlooked in mainstream schooling. A one-to-one private session eliminates distraction from disruptive children and enables a student to focus on the task in hand.

5. Develop Passion and Enthusiasm
Tutors have a passion for the subject they are teaching and a one-to-one situation provides the environment for both the tutor and the student to share an interest and fascination for the subject that the tutor specialises in.

6. Teaching Responsibility
Taking responsibility is a skill that's not only essential for revision and learning, but also one that can later be applied to all walks of life. A private tutor can help the student set and achieve his or her own goals and take ownership for achieving results, for the first time.

7. One Chance to 'Get it Right'
Despite the tough economic climate the top independent schools can still take their pick of students, as can the best universities. Getting it right first time is often the only opportunity a student has at entering the school or university of their choice. Private tuition can make the difference between gaining that place, or not.

8. Extra Skills Learnt
Knowing how to revise and understanding how to learn and absorb the material given in class is a valuable skill and not one that's not necessarily taught in a classroom environment. A private tutor will advise on the best methods to use when revising and learning at school. In addition Tutor House also provide exam technique and study skills.

Good Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Private Tutor

1. Is the Tutor Qualified?
Currently the private tutoring industry is not regulated in any way by a governing body. Of course the more respectable tutoring organisations are calling for regulation, but for now it's up to the parents to do their research before hiring tutors for their children. One of the most important questions to ask is whether or not a tutor has a degree in the subject they are teaching. Most respectable agencies, like Tutor House, do not accept tutors that do not have a degree in their chosen subject as well as a full CRB certificate.

2. Is the Tutor CRB Checked?
Because the industry isn't currently regulated, almost anyone can advertise him or herself as a private tutor. All private tutors should be able to produce an up to date CRB certificate, which authenticates that tutor as a credible and safe professional. Don't be afraid to ask for previous client referrals too!

3. What Experience does the Private Tutor Have?
Years of experience doesn't necessarily mean higher quality tuition, however as a rule of thumb a long-serving private tutor will tend to have a better understanding of what is required for an individual student to get the best grades possible. Look out for tutors with at least 3 years teaching experience in schools and a degree in their teaching subject.

4. How Much Should you Expect to Pay?
Tutoring fees are often dependent on location but as a guide, a highly qualified and experienced private tutor will cost slightly more. Tutoring agencies start from as little as £25 per hour and go up to £120 per hour, although at average is £40 per hour. At Tutor House, we feel that the industry needs some form of government regulation, and to support that ideology we only employ private tutors that have a degree in their subject, a recent CRB certificate and have at least 3 years teaching experience in schools.

Private tutoring is not a cheap service, and can be a financial stretch for a lot of families in the UK. With that in mind, it's imperative to ensure that the level of service we and other agencies provide is the best for each and every child and parent that comes to us for educational support. Tutor House employs the services of over 300 qualified private tutors, offering a variety of disciplines, from core subjects like maths, science and language studies to the more creative side of education such as physics, tennis to IT, with specific tuition offered for Common Entrance and senior school examinations, GCSE and A levels.

For more information on private tutors for hire contact Tutor House on 020 7381 6253 or visit them here

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"Getting a child's educational development right has never been more critical, with tough and highly competitive entrance exams for the best schools and stringent entry requirements for the top Universities."











"Adding a private tutor to the mix could be the catalyst for not only achieving better results, but also for boosting confidence, improving concentration and developing specific skill sets."























Concentration is key...

"Private tutoring is not a cheap service, and can be a financial stretch for a lot of families in the UK. With that in mind, it's imperative to ensure that the level of service we and other agencies provide is the best for each and every child and parent that comes to us for educational support."