Homeschooling offers a unique opportunity for personalised learning, allowing parents to tailor their child’s education to their own individual needs and interests. However, even the most dedicated homeschooling parents can face challenges when it comes to certain subjects or advanced topics. In this sort of scenario, the benefits of hiring a private tutor to assist you can be immeasurable.

To help you understand if a private tutor may be the right fit for you and your child, I’ve shared some of the ways private tutoring can enhance your homeschooled child’s education below:

Reinforces Learning

As mentioned earlier in this blog, one of the primary advantages of homeschooling is personalised learning, and private tutoring takes this concept to the next level.

A private tutor can create a customised curriculum that addresses your child’s specific strengths and weaknesses, ensuring they receive individualised attention and tailored instruction. With a tutor, your child can progress at their own pace and explore subjects in greater depth, fostering a love for learning that will serve them well throughout their life.

Expertise and Specialisation

Homeschooling parents sometimes find themselves outside of their comfort zone when it comes to teaching certain subjects, especially at GCSE, iGCSE and A-Level. The knowledge and skills required at these levels are quite advanced, making it rather difficult for even the most experienced of homeschooling parents to teach them.

Common problem subjects include History and English, as many parents struggle to fully understand and then teach the complex concepts which are explored within these subjects. In my opinion, this is where the expertise and specialist knowledge of a private tutor holds an incredible amount of value.

Not only can they bridge the gap between your child’s educational needs and your own knowledge, but qualified teachers who are also trained in examining are able to offer in-depth insights and guidance on complex topics to help prepare your child for their exams. For this reason, I would always urge parents to ensure any private tutor they hire has a teaching qualification rather than just having a subject-specific degree or qualification in order to get the best results.

Improved Academic Performance

Private tutors can significantly enhance your child’s academic performance. One-on-one instruction with a qualified teacher gives your child the undivided attention of someone who has been trained to identify areas in need of improvement and offer targeted support to help them reach their full potential.

Whether it’s preparing for standardised tests, mastering difficult concepts, or boosting overall grades, private tutoring from qualified and exam-trained teacher can quickly lead to measurable improvements in your child’s academic achievements.

Building Confidence

The personalised attention and expert guidance provided by private tutors can boost your child’s confidence. When they receive positive feedback and witness their own progress, they are more likely to feel self-assured and motivated to tackle new challenges.

Increased self-esteem is a key component of successful learning, as it instills a sense of empowerment and the belief that they can overcome obstacles and achieve their goals. If your child’s tutor is a trained examiner, they will be able to help your child build their confidence around exams even further as they will be able to set past paper questions and explain how best to answer questions in exams. This makes the thought of exams slightly less daunting for children as they know what to expect and how best to approach the questions they are given.

Individualised Learning Styles

Every child has a unique learning style, and private tutors are skilled at identifying and adapting to these individual preferences, whether your child is a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner.

By catering to your child’s specific learning style, a private tutor can make learning more engaging and effective, helping to unlock their full potential.

Flexible Scheduling

One of the challenges homeschooling parents face is managing multiple subjects and/or children simultaneously. Private tutors can provide flexible scheduling, allowing you to fit tutoring sessions around your existing homeschooling routine.

This adaptability ensures that your child receives the additional support they need without overwhelming your daily schedule.

Enhanced Socialisation

While homeschooling offers a highly individualised education, it’s essential for children to interact with peers and other educators. Private tutors can facilitate a healthy balance between one-on-one instruction and social experiences.

Some tutors can introduce group learning opportunities, such as group sessions, as well as other activities that encourage social interaction, fostering well-rounded development.

Alleviating Homeschooling Stress

Homeschooling can be demanding for parents, particularly when dealing with subjects outside their expertise or when trying to manage the diverse needs of multiple children. Hiring a private tutor can relieve some of this stress by providing expert support in challenging subjects.

This, in turn, can improve the overall homeschooling experience for both parents and children.

Preparation for University and Beyond

As your homeschooled child approaches university age, private tutors can offer valuable guidance and support in preparing for the application process. Tutors can help with test preparation, application essays, and other aspects of this process, ensuring your child’s smooth transition to higher education.

While homeschooling is an excellent way to provide a personalised and enriching education, the benefits of hiring a private tutor are clear. Private tutors bring expertise, specialisation, and a tailored approach to education that can significantly enhance your child’s learning experience.

From personalised attention to improved academic performance and increased confidence, private tutoring can be a valuable asset in your homeschooling journey.

If you’d like to find out more about how private tutoring can benefit your child, please get in touch with me.

Until next time,