It’s often an interesting point to look at one’s own value as a private tutor so as to understand how to be of most use. Private tuition in the U.K. can sometimes get a bit of a poor reputation. A quick glance through the pages of the Telegraph, Sunday Times or (god forbid) the Daily Mail, is all that’s requisite for the standard hyperbole of ‘Tutor x paid £1000s per hour in tutoring Maths and English in Mayfair’. And yes there’s no doubt that some individuals feel fit to charge spine chillingly high rates and that some families feel that the work of that individual merits it; but what should really be in question is the usefulness of a private tutor.
I’ve always believed that there is a place within a students’ education for a private tutor as they are someone who sits in an interestingly unique position; not quite a school teacher in a classroom nor a parent. The presence of a good tutor, whilst often providing vital support to in school learning, can also, on a perhaps more holistic level, proffer a unique platform for the development of a student’s own voice, logic, thought processes and reasoning; undeterred by any of the unconscious social bias and pre-ordained behaviours that would exist in a parental or school room setting.
A tutor could help strike up a unique dynamic with a student so as to re-invigorate or even help find them find an ownership over their work from which the gains can be manifold.
Thus the question of whether to employ a private tutor can be a multi faceted one but strike beyond the surface and there can be a wealth of opportunity in it. How a tutor could help strike up a unique dynamic with a student so as to re-invigorate or even help find them find a new ownership over their school work.