Deciding whether your child needs supplementary tutoring or not can be a daunting task though there are multiple options once you arrive at a decision and these can be between engaging a private tutor or a tutoring centre. Each of the options has its own particular strengths and weaknesses and your choice is often influenced by the needs of the child and your personal financial situation. Any of the options you pick, it also needs to be cost effective while not sacrificing the element of personal attention. Remember that the needs of every child can be different and therefore one solution that worked best for your elder child may not be as much effective with his/her sibling. We have critically analysed the pros and cons of both private tuition and a tutoring centre and our findings are laid out below to help you with a direction in your decision making.
Most tutors in a tutoring centre are highly qualified and experienced. They are chosen selectively based on their training and expertises and generally bring a great deal of mature knowledge in their field, to the table. Deep knowledge of the subject and wealth of experience in tutoring are the key attributes to the success of your child.
Learning tools and materials: Most education centres such as Edukindom Tutoring School are equipped with a broad range of learning tools and textbooks. Typically, each centre maintains its curriculum and the books, as well as worksheets, will correspond to that school curricula. Tutoring centres also spend plenty of energy, time and money to create books and learning the material to help their students. A private tutor, on the other hand, may not have the level of reach and financial ability to create a similar ambience.
Most tuition centres are equipped to handle diverse topics like Maths, Physics, Spanish, English, Science etc. With a private tutor, the depth of knowledge and experience in various subjects may be lacking though he/she may be a specialist in one or more topics. This is particularly relevant when your child needs attention in multiple subjects. Tutoring centres hand pick their tutors since the reputation of the tutoring centre is directly linked to the experience and expertise offered by its tutors.
Social interaction and structure
Tutoring centres generally have a structure. They need to have an outline of what every kid needs and how they can achieve it. Tutoring centres, therefore, are expected to have a significant ability in unearthing and addressing problem areas in every child before creating the plan and structure for that kid. It is not a one size fits all approach. With most tutoring centres, your kid has the opportunity of learning with other students who are in the same length in terms of learning ability and strength/weakness in the same subject. Group study always has its merits because of the focus and competitive spirit that it brings into learning.
This is by far the only area where the balance will tilt towards home tuition or private tutor. Because of significantly higher establishment and infrastructure costs, tuition centres tend to be more expensive compared to private tutors/home tuition. You will also possibly need to factor in a computation cost and time.
A busy tuition centre can be a mini replica of your child’s school. The setting can be somewhat similar with plenty of students around, and this can be a drag regarding tutoring time and absolute focus.
At a tuition centre, there is no guarantee that the same tutor would be attending to the needs of your child every single day. Consistency is a very desirable factor to get the best outcome. The reputation of the tuition centre alone cannot benefit your child in this regard.
Together, these boil down to one important thing. As a parent you have plenty of leg work before your child’s future is put into the hands of a tuition centre or a private tutor. Like in any other facet of life, positioning yourself as an informed parent becomes important in your decision making.
Convenience: Convenience is by far the biggest advantage with a private tutor. A library or home is the tutoring session venue. Most of us do know that family schedules are every changing and hectic. Therefore choosing a private tutor gives the child, the advantage of being at home (or at least in the close neighbourhood)
Convenience: A tutoring session typically occurs in the home or library, at the convenience of the family. Family schedules are hectic and ever-changing so having a private tutor allows a child to get the education he or she needs with the flexibility of staying at home or at least in the neighbourhood.
This is one factor that becomes particularly relevant in instances where the child is suffering from a general learning weakness or disability. With such kids, a tuition centre may lag behind in addressing the specific needs of the child leaving both you and your kid when the score cards arrive.
Cost: There is always a cost attached to the brand and reputation of a tuition centre and these two elements are not a bother for the private tutor. That helps him/her to pitch lower regarding cost, and in all probabilities, you also stand to save on commute costs as well as time.
With a private tutor or home tutor, the parent/guardian has better ability to interact with the child and his/her tutor and monitor the overall goals or lesson plans. It also provides an opportunity to build a relationship between the tutor, child and the parent which can be beneficial for the child.
Private tutors may not be professionally vetted unlike at the tutoring centres. You may, therefore, need to establish their professional competence independently. This could be particularly important in instances where the child is struggling in multiple subjects or has particular learning challenges. You may also need to ascertain the teaching expertise of the private tutor independently.
For some children, the learning atmosphere is outstanding, and tuition centres can provide that. Put a thought to whether the right ambience can be created at home or the private tutor’s home.
Summing up, while requirements and quality should always take precedence in your decision making, you should also remember that the highest price does not always guarantee quality.