Finding the right tutor

Whether your child is a high-flier who needs extra stimulation and some support to get to a grammar school, a child who is struggling with schoolwork and a big class, or a teenager who needs a boost for GCSEs, many parents find a tutor can really enhance their child’s education.

I’ve made no secret of the fact that my younger son is highly intelligent. We live in an area with grammar schools and I believe he needs to go to one of those schools, but what if the paper throws him? What if he’s not used to that format of questioning? I thought long and hard about it, but the obvious solution was a tutor. He has been going to his tutor for a year now and really enjoys the extra stimulation. As she moves into year 4 next year, my daughter will start with the tutor too.

So how do you know that tutoring is right for your child? And how do you choose the RIGHT tutor? If you’re investing extra in their education, you want them to make good progress – and you want them to be happy. The right tutor should boost your child’s confidence and make them want to learn more.

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Tutorfair is an online service, available in London and parts of the South East, which lets you search for tutors online. Unlike other agencies, parents contact and book tutors directly. You can choose a tutor who is an expert in a particular subject and see their qualifications – and even a video of them. The videos mean children can get involved in selecting their own tutor and choosing one they think they will get along with. There are no fees to pay to Tutorfair – just to the tutor themselves, who will work with your child at home.

But tutoring is just for the rich kids, right? What about all those disadvantaged children who are getting left behind at school – or who have the brains to get to grammar school, but no cash for extra support? Well, Tutorfair helps them too. For every child who pays for tuition, Tutorfair provides tuition for someone who can’t afford it.

I loved this video which explains it all really simply https://www.tutorfair.com/how-it-works

This is a sponsored post. But, having used a tutor for my son, my family firmly believes they are a good thing.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Great to know about this tutorial service Sarah. We’re moving back in the summer and my kids are going to a local village school but I do worry as, for example, my daughter is over a year ahead of herself in reading (she’s always loved books!), and I may need to make sure she remains challenged.

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    • Good luck with moving back, Kriss! You may find there are differences at first between ‘over there’ and ‘over here’ and you may need something like this to help them find their feet. Great that she loves books and is so far ahead!

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  2. Having a tutor is quite the norm in Tunisia where we’ve just moved back from! I never really gave it a thought here?! Our son has started a maths club after school & loves it! I think any investment in your kids is worth it & after school clubs etc are a must! xx

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    • Clubs are definitely a must and great that he loves clubs! I think there are times when a tutor is right and you will know when and if those times arise. x

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  3. I can sometimes get on my socialist high horse about tutors, because not everyone can afford them meaning kids with better off parents have yet another advantage (blah blah blah! Not disagreeing with your choice to use one, we all want the best for our kids, I just dream of a fair utopia that doesn’t exist!) so I really like the fact this company offer free tuition to kids who would benefit who may not have access to it otherwise, what a great idea!

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    • Thanks, Sonya, I think it’s a great idea too.

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  4. Hi Sarah, thanks for this informative post. I’ve been considering tutoring for my daughter so have somewhere to start!

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    • Thanks, Kelly. It’s definitely worth looking into.

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  5. A couple of my friends had a tutor growing up but it was always seen as such a rare thing. This looks a really good idea!

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    • I think quite a lot of kids have tutors these days. They certainly do round our way at any rate because of the grammar schools.

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  6. What a brilliant service! I love the fact that they provide tutoring to a child who can’t afford it. Seems so unfair that they are disadvantaged in this way.

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    • It is a great idea, because there are kids that miss out on grammar school places etc because more privileged children are able to afford tutors and others can’t.

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  7. I wish we had used a tutor when Kian was applying for grammar school. The tests are completely different to what they are used to doing at school and my bright son who is in top set for everything missed out on grammar school by half a point.
    I know several children who this has happened and their classmates who weren’t as bright sail through the entrance exams as they had been drilled.
    Will definetly get a tutor when it’s Isaac’s turn!

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    • That must have been so frustrating to miss out so marginally, especially knowing other kids got in who weren’t as bright. They’ve changed the test round our way now so it should be fairer, but definitely a good idea to get a tutor to take away the uncertainty.

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  8. Interesting. I need to get a tutor for my kids but primarily for Arabic language, i definitely see the benefit in having a tutor come to give 1 to 1 or small group tuition to give them the extra that they won’t get in school. I’m also hoping for grammar schools for my kids (thinking ahead.. my eldest is still not even 6!)

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    • I think Tutorfair have tutors for all subjects – and it’s always good to think ahead!

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    • Thanks very much, Claire 🙂

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  9. This sounds great, we’re not looking for a tutor now as our eldest is doing well in year 2 but I can definitely see us looking into this in a few years. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Thanks very much, it’s definitely worth remembering for the future!

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  10. Where we live there seems to be a real difference between the Grammar and non-Grammar schools. I went to a Grammar myself and both me and my husband think its a worthwhile investment to pay for a tutor for your children if it can make the difference.

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    • It’s definitely worth it in that case! We’re lucky that we’ve got a good comprehensive where my eldest goes as a fall-back, but my younger son would really thrive in a grammar school environment.

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  11. Obviously Sarah this is a fantastic service! Especially their generous act of providing tutoring to a child who can’t afford it. Keep sharing such informative posts!

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