You might think that tutoring is something your child needs when they start struggling with their studies. However, there are many benefits to building regular tutoring into your education plan before your child starts year 10. We have many parents who take on Science tutors in Year 9, or even younger (if their schools runs a three year GCSE). In this article, Tim, our director and a professional teacher for over ten years, explains why this is a great choice.

1. Exams are getting harder.

It has been widely reported that the current crop of GCSEs is ‘The hardest since O-Levels’. The difference is that students weren’t expected to get all A’s in your O-Levels. To take top subjects at University today, students need to be achieving A’s across the board from GCSE onwards. Excellence requires a daunting level of knowledge and technique, none more so than with Science – a subject that unlocks the doors to many top professions, including medicine and engineering. The last thing any parent wants is to get caught in a cycle of retakes or stressful cramming sessions. This is why a proactive attitude can be massively beneficial, allowing for your child to receive regular guidance and top up from an early stage, rather than relying on late stage crunching. It has been demonstrated that children learn best in regular, iterative cycles, which allow them to commit subjects to long-term memory. A tutor can be particularly useful for augmenting classwork, troubleshooting and making sure your child is well on top of Science throughout the year and as the big day rolls around.

2. It can be difficult to tell how well your child is doing from school.

Schools largely feature excellent teaching and are still the cornerstone of any child’s academic development. However, they are also very busy, with large classes and a high turnover of staff. With vast syllabuses to cover, subject teaching takes up the bulk of class time with little room left for the sort of assessment that can flag up problem areas. Ultimately, this means that most parents find our their child is struggling later than they should and are left without a clear plan for improvement. A private tutor, particularly one who is also a practising, qualified teacher (as almost all of ours are) can identify problems early and set out a strategy. Moreover, their work can accentuate your child’s class work and help them engage with the classroom more effectively.

3. A little attention goes a long way.

Large class sizes and mixed ability groups also mean that only the very best students and the very worst (behaved) in your child’s class get a great deal of attention. If your child is a good, quiet student, as I’m sure they are, they will likely be left to get on with things. This is unfortunate, as well-intentioned students can also develop holes in their knowledge through lack of attention. For this reason, we have found that our students improve rapidly, upon being given regular private tuition. There is also an added social dimension to the sort of quality tutoring we provide. As well as being academically fruitful, tuition builds students’ confidence by making them feel acknowledged and responded to, in a way that is not necessarily common in schools. Students also build a rapport with their tutor and learn to communicate with an adult educator in a sophisticated way. This sets them up for excellent learning relationships in the future and improves their ability to take on new information.

A great science tutor is a must.

To summarise, early, proactive tutoring can ensure your child gets off to a great start and makes sure it stays that way. All of our science tutors are fully-qualified, currently practising teachers, who are experts in both their subject and pedagogy in general. Their methods and winning personalities will help your child get the support they deserve and make sure they are ready for their Science GCSEs.