How Often Should a Child Be Tutored?

March 1, 2022
Blog posted March 1, 2022 by Megan Ward
Post last modified February 7, 2024

As a parent, you probably want to ensure that your child has the best when it comes to education. This may be especially true if you find your child lagging behind in their studies or in subjects they are not particularly good at.

Finding the time to tutor your kids is tough. But how do you know when you’ve gone too far? Today, we’ll take a look at how often a child should be tutored and why it’s important.

What Is Kids Tutoring?

female tutor teaching the alphabet a preschool girl
female tutor teaching the alphabet a preschool girl

Kids tutoring is a system in which one tutor provides guidance and instruction for small groups of children on a specific subject.

Tutoring is designed to help students understand various core subjects and improve their general knowledge. It's also about nurturing an independent learner who will come to the point where they no longer need a tutor.

The idea is that if a child is tutored and does well, they'll perform better in school and get a better education. Then they'll get a better job which will lead to more success in the future.

Two Kinds of Tutoring

If you are looking for tutoring services, then there are two options to choose from.

Private tutoring provides one-on-one attention, but it also isn't available all the time. Tutoring centers usually offer low prices per hour or they can offer pre-paid semesters with discounts.

We will be discussing the pros and cons so that you can decide.

1. Private Tutoring

If your child needs help with Maths or English, the most common way is to get an individual tutor for your child.

A private tutor will come to your home based on a set schedule like every day or every other day to sit with your child and go through his lessons at school. Private tutors are best when it comes to individual learning as the focus is set squarely on the child and provides the least amount of distraction.

Private tutors can be experienced professionals with a license to teach. However, there are many who hire students as well (such as high school or college students) to tutor and train their children.

Please note, however, that experienced professionals can be expensive, while students may not necessarily be experts in the field they are tutoring.

2. Tutoring Through Learning Institute or Tutoring Centre

Tutor with students during session break

Another option to consider for tutoring is directly through a learning institute and tutoring centers. Australia has many such places including the iCode School Geelong Tutoring Centre.

These institutions provide structured tutoring classes for students no matter what level they are in and where they are on the learning curve. These learning centers often provide a free assessment and learning consultation as part of their program so that they can better gauge what your child needs in learning.

Tutoring centers such as the iCode School provide familiar classroom learning environments but are however targeted towards individuals or very small groups to give targeted and personalized educational supplements depending on the child’s needs.

The tutoring center employs trusted professionals that are equipped to address your child’s learning needs and have all the learning materials needed for your child to catch up in school.

How Often Does One Need Tutoring?

Tutoring is really dependent on how many subjects a child is falling behind and by how far behind they are in their classes.

If a child is lagging behind in one subject such as maths, for example, you may need to have your child have a tutoring session once to three times a week, maybe an hour to two hours per session.

You may want to ramp that up if your child is behind standard which tells us that your child may not be able to understand the concepts in their subjects.

If your child, however, is struggling in two or more subjects in school, a regular daily tutoring session may be more appropriate for them so that they can focus and have more time to really study and understand their subjects. Remember, however, to give your child a break from time to time as too much tutoring may also be more harmful to your child than helpful.

We believe that it’s really dependent on their performance in school. And again, the goal is to get to a point they become independent learners so that they don’t need a tutor. The worse thing you could also do is make them too dependent on tutors that they are unable to learn on their own.

Final Thoughts

Every child is in different stages of their learning. Some are ahead in their studies and may even be more advanced than their peers in school.

In most cases, these children do not need a tutor. But if ever you find your child lagging behind or consistently getting low grades in some or all of their subjects, then tutoring is the way to go.

But remember the idea of tutoring is to get them up to speed so that they will no longer need one and we would say that tutoring beyond that may be too much unless the child is looking for it. If you are interested in learning about tutoring for your child why not claim your free tutoring assessment, learning consultation, and two weeks of maths or English tutoring Valued at $248 with iCode today at iCode School. This offer is strictly limited to 5 people per week.

Call us today at 5260 1816.

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Megan Ward has over 16 years experience in working directly with children and young people experiencing challenging behaviour. having worked exclusively with families, Australian agencies and with support networks to provide advice around emotional disturbances, guidance and leadership, her the main goal is the positive behaviour alteration, family happiness and harmony. Megan's qualifications include a Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education and Fine Arts and a Masters in Special Education with a Major in Emotional and Behaviour Disturbances. Megan is the owner of a iCode School, specialising in NDIS tutoring, and support for children with learning disabilities.

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