Back to Basics: tutoring for kids
Has home schooling left your child struggling to get back into the swing of things in the classroom? Ingrid Nelson caught up with a local education expert to discover how you can help them regain their confidence.
To say it has been a tricky and disruptive few months for school children (and parents) is quite possibly the understatement of the year!
Not only did COVID mean families were faced with the pressure of juggling home schooling with work commitments, kids also had to adapt to an online classroom, with many struggling to keep up in the cyber environment.
As a mum of three children, let’s just say home schooling made me appreciate our teachers more than ever. I may or may not have punched the air when they kids finally went back to the classroom!
“Some parents and kids got very lost, and through no fault of their own, they fell behind,” says director of Kip McGrath Educational Centres, Rita Krause.
“Teachers have more on their plate than ever and there seems to be a greater range of ability levels in the classroom.
“The reality is teachers have a curriculum they need to get through each year and they don’t have the luxury of working with children individually to help them catch up.”
Along with the challenges, home schooling provided the opportunity for parents to understand the children’s learning level and where extra support might be needed.
“The first thing is finding out where the weaknesses are and then filling those gaps rather than continuing to push students through the curriculum. Kids can’t be expected to catch up when they don’t have the foundations,” says Rita.
Investing in a tutor can help your child transition from online learning back to the classroom, as well as boost their confidence both inside and outside school.
“Extra support with tutoring to bridge the gaps can really help kids to feel re-energised and reassured that they can do it. Understanding work at the right level can lead to success,” says Rita.
Offering both online and in-class learning sessions, Rita says private tutoring not only helps students catch up with peers, it also helps them to overcome feelings of “not being good enough.”
“A lot of kids don’t like school. They don’t think they are smart enough, so we are trying to overcome those psychological challenges as well,” she said.
Most importantly, Rita says it’s all about making learning fun.
“Once you establish the basics and are more comfortable, fun follows. We keep a very fun and light-hearted approach.”
Having witnessed many of her students thrive over the years and even start to enjoy learning, Rita says the most rewarding part of her job is watching children regain their confidence.
“Most times, once the child has had two or three lessons you see them blossom, and from there they take big leaps forward.
“Kids don’t have to be enrolled in tuition forever. Let’s get these gaps filled so that school is comfortable and fun and easy for them and not a chore every day.” she said.