Teachers have been working tirelessly, keeping kids learning from home and in the classroom through the toughest times these past few years. You want your pupils to have the time and support they need to get their head around everything, but there’s only one of you.
And there’s a lot on your plate. A tuition programme may seem like it’s just one more thing to add to the growing pile. But it doesn’t need to be complicated (it’s not), and the benefits to you and your pupils are pretty significant.
Even the most superhuman of teachers can do with some extra help to support their pupils. Getting a comprehensive tuition programme in place early will take some of the pressure off, and give kids the head start they need.
From our regular chats with teachers, we’ve understood how much more progress pupils can make when they start their tuition programmes early on in the academic year, even during the summer months. Here’s why:
Never mind lost learning: confidence levels have taken a real hit these past few years. As great as teachers have been at quickly setting up the right tech to get their pupils learning online, learning at home and having to social-distance left a lot of teens feeling less confident than before.
And for teachers, it can be really hard to spot which pupils are losing confidence and need support over a screen, and harder still to offer that personalised help at a time when everyone is scrambling to do their best.
Tuition makes such a big impact on how pupils feel about themselves and their work, and starting it as early as possible only benefits them more. In this year’s Impact Report, 78% of teachers whose pupils worked with our tutors agreed that they’d become noticeably more confident in their studies.
For disadvantaged pupils in particular, working with tutors who are just a few years older, and with similar backgrounds, not only raised their confidence, but it also helped them to visualise futures for themselves they’d never dreamed were possible.
At Norton Hill School, Assistant Teacher Tanya Gibbs told us:
“Two of my students in particular, who have sometimes struggled with motivation in the past, had a tutor called Solomon for Science, and they made excellent progress because they’ve just been so engaged with him. He was really good at communicating and explaining ideas – and I’ve actually asked if we can have him again next year to deliver more Science!”
By starting your programme early in the academic year, tutors will be able to identify any gaps in their pupils’ education right from the start, giving them the tools they need – and more time – to catch up.
The two years of on-off online school – despite teachers’ amazing efforts – have meant that pupils have learning gaps in all sorts of different places. Even with all the dedication in the world, it’s impossible as a teacher to find the 1:1 time to get every pupil up to speed (especially when you’re teaching new material). And the good news is you don’t need to.
With a 1:1 tuition programme, your pupils can get personalised support from their very own tutor. Together they can go over stubborn learning gaps, topics from last week they didn’t get straight away, or anything else they’re finding tricky. With MyTutor, you can make sure that tutorials line up with the material you’re covering in class; so it can reinforce your teaching and boost their grades at the same time.
The closer it gets to exam time, the last thing you need is for pupils who are already struggling to feel like they’ve run out of steam. Interventions can really pile on at the end of the term when kids are trying to prepare for exams if they have been left until the last hour. But with the right support from the start, they can better pace themselves; getting on track early on and arriving at exam season with the confidence and knowledge they need to achieve their potential.
Starting early and building a trusted relationship with a tutor who’s laser-focused on their goals and needs can go a long way toward keeping them engaged and motivated. Pupils will be able to hit the ground running, to close gaps and catch up quickly with the support of their tutor.
At MyTutor we work with tutors from UK universities, so they’ve recently completed their own GCSEs and A levels. They know first hand the study habits and exam techniques that can help teens succeed, and they can easily empathise with the struggles teens are going through! By giving your pupils this dedicated expert help early in the academic year, they can stay on top of their studies and gradually build up study habits. So when exams come along, they can avoid last-minute cramming and enter the exam hall ready to succeed.
The fact that our tutors are just a few years ahead in their education is so valuable for pupils – learning from tutors who were in their shoes not so long ago. It shows them what’s possible after they’re finished school -whether it’s university, an apprenticeship, or what they need to land their dream job – and how to get there.
Building relationships with these role models early means that pupils have someone on their side from the start of term, cheering them on through their work and giving them the study habits, boosts in confidence, and personalised attention they need to successfully get through the term.
At MyTutor, we work with 15,000+ brilliantly trained tutors currently studying at top universities to reinforce classwork, fill learning gaps, and raise grades. Pupils who work with us make, on average, 1 grade of progress after 10 lessons.
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