Why individual tutoring?

Published on 11 December 2023 at 15:37

Extra instruction in language or math, for example, in addition to elementary school classes, has become increasingly popular in recent years. Over a quarter of elementary school students receive tutoring. There are several good reasons why parents choose this.

For example, there are students dealing with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia or dyscalculia. These need specific extra practice and instruction, so they can often benefit from additional lessons. Sometimes it is not clear what is going on, but parents feel that their child is not performing up to his or her potential. By opting for tutoring then, it is possible to find out where the problem lies. Sometimes there is no real problem, but a child just needs a little push. Remedial teaching is also used for children who have previously had a gap in their math or language skills, in order to prevent them from getting stuck in school if their group continues with the subject matter. Another good reason for tutoring is when children cannot concentrate well during classroom lessons and only start performing at their own level with individual help. To the extra lessons also come the children who are insecure in class. Their parents do not care so much about their child performing better, but would like their child to feel good. Parents with an immigrant background sometimes put their child on remedial education because of a language deficiency and see it as a way to level the playing field with children whose native language is Dutch.

So there are many good reasons to put an elementary school child on tutoring. As long as the child is motivated and benefits from performing at his or her own level, there is nothing wrong with that.

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