We’ve seen the demand for tutoring grow tremendously over the last several years. And, naturally, as more and more students and their parents are choosing to pursue tutoring, a growing number of teachers and other professionals are electing to become tutors.
If you’re new to the idea, you may not understand what the attraction is, or might wonder why already-busy people pursue tutoring jobs. Everyone knows that the work of a tutor is focused on the student. They help kids learn, master a difficult subject, and gain confidence in the classroom. But the reality is that a positive tutoring relationship is also beneficial to parents, teachers, and the tutors themselves. Consider these big positives to tutoring that you may never have thought of before:
1. Kids participate in a collaborative relationship.
One of the lessons kids learn (beyond just the subject matter at hand) is that collaboration is key to success. By working with a tutor, they gain an understanding of what it is like to ask for and receive help in a supportive and nurturing way. They see that it’s okay to not have all the answers and that they can learn to excel at something they struggle with. This not only fosters a lifelong appreciation for teamwork but also encourages empathy with their classmates and future colleagues who may have difficulty with a particular topic as well.
2. Kids learn the importance of tenacity and commitment.
Many parents worry about their children’s short attention spans, and rightly so. Tutoring gives them a regular commitment to expect and participate in. They work side-by-side with a private coach to address difficult issues, work through them, and get better grades in the classroom. By overcoming these difficulties they not only feel successful, but they see tangible results for their hard work and commitment to a tough subject.
3. Tutors watch their students grow.
Students aren’t the only ones who benefit from a tutoring relationship. The tutors themselves get to help kids overcome obstacles that are preventing them from doing their best work at school. They get to the root of the problem and work with their students to find study tools and habits that can make them successful. Most student-tutor relationships are filled with trust and respect, which is deeply gratifying for both parties.
4. Parents and teachers notice better behavior.
Many students who have low grades in school start behaving poorly, disrespecting those around them, lashing out at their parents, or redirecting their energy to other negative outlets. With the help of a tutor they can excel in school, resulting in increased confidence and self-esteem. That change in confidence often leads to a better attitude that impacts all areas of their lives. In the best of cases, parents and teachers can avoid excessive disciplinary actions, stress, and the other negative implications involved when it comes to dealing with a troubled child.
If you’ve thought about seeking a language or math tutor, or another tutor who specializes in an area your child struggles with, we encourage you to make the leap. As you child learns and grows, everyone around him or her will enjoy those successes as well.
Dusty Fox is a full-time freelance writer who contributes to Ivy Trainers and the Language Trainers network. Visit the Ivy Trainers website to learn more about the nationwide tutoring services they offer.