Parents play a vital role in their children’s education. In the early years, parents are their children’s first teachers – e.g. exploring nature, reading, cooking and counting together. Parents also serve as role models for learning, whereby their attitudes about education can inspire their children and show them how to take charge of their own educational journey.

Nonetheless, children are very dependent on their parents to guide them through their early stages of education (e.g. elementary and primary levels). They often let parents take charge of their academic learning and parents in turn, will often strive to provide their child with the best learning resources.communicate with children

Home tuition is often a viable option, especially for parents who are not able to coach and monitor their child’s academic studies adequately. However, some parents may neglect their role in monitoring the entire home tuition process, despite all the money and time both parents and children commit. Some parents become over-reliant on the home tutor to educate their child. It is nonetheless still important for parents to remain engaged in heir child’s learning process and take note of important roles that they can play in order to make home tuition a successful experience for the child.

Communicate with your child

  • Before engaging a home tutor for your child, it is good to discuss the benefits of home tuition with your child.
  • Here are the following benefits you can share with your child so that the child will embrace home tuition in a positive light:
  1. Home tuition can help the child cope better at school.
  2. Home tutors can also help the child with difficulties in their school homework.
  3. Home tuition also serves to cover additional content and practices (in guide books and assessment books) with the child.
  4. Home tuition helps to monitor the child’s learning progress and ensure consistency or even improvement in the child’s academic performance.
  5. The child can also ask questions readily and the home tutor can relieve his/her doubts instantly.
  6. Home tutors also sometimes cover content beyond the school and adopt different teaching styles to enrich the child’s learning.
  7. After each tuition lesson, parents should also communicate with the child. On one hand, parents can get feedback regarding what the child have learnt from the lesson, and on the other hand, to assess the child’s interest and attitude towards the lesson.

2. Monitor your child’s academic progress

  • Parents are encouraged to monitor their child’s learning progress and homework assessments.
  • Through which, parents can give home tutors feedbacks and suggestions, so that the tutors can more effectively connect with the child and help the child improve.
  • For instance, some parents may require the tutor to assign homework of an easier nature, so that the child can cope independently, without supervision, and also boost their confidence in their studies. In contrast, there are also parents who will request for more assessments of a challenging nature, so that the child can practice more and be better prepared for the academic challenges in school.
  • Parents should also communicate their expectations of the child’s academic performance with the tutor, so that the tutor can guide the child accordingly. Of course, the tutor will also give parents feedback on the child’s learning progress during tuition and prediction on the child’s ability to cope and do well in their tests/examinations. Thus, parents should also be receptive and be open to adjust their expectations accordingly.

3. Provide an environment ideal for your child’s learning

  • Parents should provide an environment suitable for tuition and generally, for the child to study. It should be quiet, coupled with good lighting and ventilation. There should also not be other form of distractions (e.g. presence of other people, playing of radio or television).
  • The child should also be equipped with all the study resources he/she needs (e.g. calculator, dictionary, stationeries, assessment books, writing pad).

4. Establish a trusting and transparent relationship with the tutor

  • Parents and tutors can initiate to communicate via’ an exercise book, which serves to record the child’s homework assignments, child’s progress and tuition schedules. Through which, tutors and parents can also leave notes or reminders for each other.
  • Parents should also make payment on time and inform the tutor earlier if there were to be any cancellation or changes in tuition schedule. Of course, tutors can play a part in sending parents reminder. Nonetheless, mobile text messaging and calling can also become effective tools for communication between both parties.

5.Ensure your child is ready for tuition

  • Parents should always ensure that their child is at the optimal mental and physical state for tuition.
  • The child should not be having tuition despite an over-loaded schedule or when undergoing intense exhaustion or stress for the day.
  • The child’s mood is instrumental in determining the effectiveness of the tuition, which may otherwise create more negative impacts on the child.

Home tuition should be a meaningful and enriching tool to drive the child’s academic progress in school. Parents play a critical part in assessing their child’s academic needs and will input home tuition into their child’s curriculum accordingly. Upon engaging any home tuition service, parents should monitor the entire process to ensure that the home tuition is a beneficial and enjoyable experience for the child. Visit Awesome Home Tuition if you wish to hire a home tutor for you children