Why you should stop paying for private tuition (or at least reconsider it)
The pressure on students to get top grades is going through the roof and the private tutoring industry is booming as a result.
More and more parents are turning to tutors to ensure that their teenagers get the school grades they need to avoid being left behind. Tutoring isn’t something that only wealthy middle-class parents pay for; even families with modest incomes routinely sacrifice upwards of £30/hour to give their child a perceived head start.
After all, a B in GCSE Maths and English is the gateway to landing a place at university, getting a graduate job and having a successful career...right?
Well, the chances are that if your child needs tutoring in either English or Maths, they’re probably never going to be particularly good at those subjects. And they’re not likely to do a degree or take a job that relies too heavily on these subjects either.
Is a student who struggles with English essays likely to want to study law or history down the line? Will a teenager who find maths excruciatingly difficult choose to pursue finance or physics?
Probably not. (But ask your child anyway...)
In reality, many parents probably agree with this logic but feel that their child will be left behind if they don’t get a tutor to help out.
After all, education is competitive...
As true as this is, your child needs to compete in an arena in which he or she has a decent chance of winning. This is the crucial point: your child needs to be working hardest at what they’re best at.
So, if a child struggles with “core” subjects, they need to invest time and resources into finding out where their talents really lie. Otherwise, they really will be left behind as they continuously strive to compete in areas that they’re not suited to.
Instead of demanding that they succeed in subjects that might well be unrelated to their future ambitions, why don’t we ensure that teenagers leave school with an idea of what they’re good at?
Because, ultimately, it’s our strengths - not our weaknesses - that define our futures.
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