Helping your child with their Education is a high priority for many parents. However do you need to pay for expensive tutors in order to aid their success? I don’t believe you do because there are many ways how you can help your child at school when you can’t afford a private tutor.
I have paid for a tutor for our eldest as she prepared for her Maths GCSE because she wanted some extra support. However with the cost of a tutor between £20 and £30 per hour it is a luxury many cannot afford or justify. However there are other ways that you can aid your child’s learning.
- The first and most obvious way is by talking to them. As an ex teacher I cannot stress how important it is that you know what your children are studying. Everyday conversations really aid understanding. If someone can explain something then they really understand it. In the classroom you may hear teachers asking children to teach a topic or a skill to someone else and that is because that shows consolidated knowledge.
- Have fun with your children. There are online quizzes like those developed by teachers on Education Quizzes which are designed to help your child succeed. Education Quizzes are available on a monthly subscription basis for just £9.95. This provides you with unlimited access to all the quizzes which cover KS1 right through GCSE level. Using the quizzes will consolidate knowledge and also highlight any learning gaps which you can then help plug. The quizzes are fun and interactive and that is the best way to learn.
- Buy revision guides specific to the exam board. As a parent or carer you need to educate yourself on the exam board you child is following. You can then buy resources that match the exam board. Knowing what the exam will look like and understanding how the questions are worded is key to success.
- Past Papers, these will be your child’s best friend during revision. These are free and readily available on the internet. Just print them off and do them in timed conditions to aid revision. The mark schemes are also available online. Where possible students should mark their own work as that is where the learning takes place. To learn from mistakes we need to see the right answers.
- Make sure you attend parents evenings and information nights. If you don’t know how your child is doing you really can’t help them. One example is that even at primary school how children are taught has changed over the years. It is important that you understand the methods children are using as otherwise you could confuse rather than help them when they come to you for advice.