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5 Educational Skills your Child can Learn from a Private Tutor

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Young kids can gain a lot from their role models and will follow the lead of the adults in their life. Once children start school, there are examples of what to do and how to behave from day one. Going to school is essentially a kid’s job while they are growing up and education, in general, takes up most of their day. A positive academic role model plays a valued part in a growing student’s life, and they can learn a lot from working with a private tutor.

1) Work ethic

School is incredibly demanding. Kids work in the classroom until early afternoon and then sit down to complete homework assignments. Without a high work ethic, it’s difficult for young students to complete all of their academic tasks within a reasonable time frame, which can result in fatigue and frustration. When students work with a private tutor, they have the opportunity to learn about appropriate study habits. A tutor can teach young students about efficiency, speed reading & skimming for relevant information, identify keywords, recognizing patterns, and concentration. A work ethic is about working hard, but it’s also about working well and leaving time for family and relaxation.

2) Time management

Another important skill for kids to learn is time management. An hour can easily turn into two or three if a student has trouble overcoming procrastination. There are always things kids won’t want to do, like study for an end of math chapter test, but they will be graded on their progress regardless. A one-on-one tutor can provide students with a set time throughout the week where they sit down and focus on the task at hand. As kids get older, they will develop their self-management, but when they’re young, it’s helpful to have a guide.

3) Overcoming difficult concepts

Whether it’s English or math, each student has trouble with a challenging new topic somewhere along the line. Tutors can introduce concepts in different ways and help young learners troubleshoot where they get stuck on a particular question. Tutors also provide encouragement and can serve as a cheerleader to keep a student’s self-esteem high so they can persevere through a series of lessons or chapters.

4) Love of learning

One of the most important parts of a child’s education is a love of learning. Unfortunately, more and more kids seem to think of school as a chore or a period of the day that has to be overcome. When kids have a chance to work with a private tutor, they can regain their love of education. Tutors help children explore exciting topics and use their creative & critical thinking skills in addition to just getting homework assignments completed.

5) Creative thinking

Creative thinking is one of the best skills students can develop. Brainstorming and thinking outside-of-the-box is an excellent way to deal with a mixture of academic problems throughout the K-12 years. Some kids will gain this knowledge from the classroom while others need extra guidance or encouragement. Students who work with a tutor one-on-one are usually more likely to ask questions, address concerns, and solve problems because they are in a comfortable environment away from competition.

6) Reduce stress

Working with a private tutor can significantly lessen the stress students feel when they begin a transition. A student may be starting a new school year or just learning a new concept. Transitions are difficult for most kids and working with a private tutor can provide a constant, which can be comforting. Students who are less stressed are more likely to express their curiosity, ask questions, and embrace new topics while anxious children and more likely to remain silent and resist new challenges.

Robyn Scott is a private English tutor at TutorNerds. She attended the University of California, Irvine as an undergraduate and the University of Southampton in England as a graduate student. She has worked with students from the United States, Japan, South Korea, the European Union, and Africa.

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