Do Kids Need Tutors? Overcoming the Challenges of Traditional Schooling

Overcoming the Challenges of Traditional Schooling

Overcoming the Challenges of Traditional Schooling

You can’t put a price on the experience that traditional schooling provides to the country’s youth. In addition to the academic content and skills your children are taught, the social and behavioural lessons are integral to building a generation of future leaders. Having said that, the education children receive in schools is flawed in a few key ways.

You can’t put a price on the experience that traditional schooling provides to the country’s youth. In addition to the academic content and skills your children are taught, the social and behavioural lessons are integral to building a generation of future leaders. Having said that, the education children receive in schools is flawed in a few key ways.

Students can't get the attention they need

Student Numbers

One Size Fits All

Bored or disengaged students

Disengaged & Distracted

The average class has 23 students. It’s just not possible to give everyone the time and attention to ask their questions, debate, tackle difficulties they’re having, and really ‘get’ the content. Most get by, but your kids deserve a chance to excel and smash through everyone’s expectations including (or especially) their own.

Another issue is how uncomfortable it can be for a student (and most adults, for that matter!) to ask questions in front of their peers which they fear will make them look bad, or less intelligent. The result is that those questions might never be asked. For me, the notion of a student full of questions but unable to get the answers is heartbreaking.

Everyone has their own mix of skills, learning styles, strengths, aversions, and challenges.  So how do you cater to all those different needs in a classroom? The unfortunate answer is that you can’t. Teachers do an amazing job, but there’s just no way for them to build their lessons around every student. For the most part, your child is expected to learn the same way as everyone else.

Inevitably, some will excel and others will fall behind. If that doesn’t sound fair, it’s because it isn’t. The majority of students will never reach their full potential if they’re unable to supplement their education at school with an approach that’s more personalised.

Studies have suggested that 40% of Aussie students are disengaged. Other global studies report almost 60% for older cohorts. Students often struggle to stay interested, are distracted by friends or phones, or find lessons too difficult or easy.

Paired with the first two issues, this can create situations where a student can’t get the attention needed, can’t properly understand the content, and simply loses interest. The tragedy is that they may decide they’re just not good at the subject or that it’s too difficult, when they just need someone to ignite their enthusiasm, hold their focus, and help them to understand.

 

Students can't get the attention they need

Student Numbers

The average class has 23 students. It’s just not possible to give everyone the time and attention to ask their questions, debate, tackle difficulties they’re having, and really ‘get’ the content. Most get by, but your kids deserve a chance to excel and smash through everyone’s expectations including (or especially) their own.

Another issue is how uncomfortable it can be for a student (and most adults, for that matter!) to ask questions in front of their peers which they fear will make them look bad, or less intelligent. The result is that those questions might never be asked. For me, the notion of a student full of questions but unable to get the answers is heartbreaking.

One Size Fits All

Everyone has their own mix of skills, learning styles, strengths, aversions, and challenges.  So how do you cater to all those different needs in a classroom? The unfortunate answer is that you can’t. Teachers do an amazing job, but there’s just no way for them to build their lessons around every student. For the most part, your child is expected to learn the same way as everyone else.

Inevitably, some will excel and others will fall behind. If that doesn’t sound fair, it’s because it isn’t. The majority of students will never reach their full potential if they’re unable to supplement their education at school with an approach that’s more personalised.

Bored or disengaged students

Disengaged & Distracted

Studies have suggested that 40% of Aussie students are disengaged. Other global studies report almost 60% for older cohorts. Students often struggle to stay interested, are distracted by friends or phones, or find lessons too difficult or easy.

Paired with the first two issues, this can create situations where a student can’t get the attention needed, can’t properly understand the content, and simply loses interest. The tragedy is that they may decide they’re just not good at the subject or that it’s too difficult, when they just need someone to ignite their enthusiasm, hold their focus, and help them to understand.

How Can Parents Help?

How Can Parents Help?

Collaborate Closely.

A lot of learning time is spent in big classrooms or alone. Students who are able to work closely with someone else (like you, or another student) feel more accountable for their work, check their understanding more often, spend more time on tasks, focus better, and are exposed to different strategies for learning new skills or information. 

Collaborate Closely.

A lot of learning time is spent in big classrooms or alone. Students who are able to work closely with someone else (like you, or another student) feel more accountable for their work, check their understanding more often, spend more time on tasks, focus better, and are exposed to different strategies for learning new skills or information. 

Facilitate Active Learning.

The more your child can discuss, ask questions, and brainstorm ideas, the more likely they are to succeed and resolve any challenges. Talk to your child about what they’re learning or reading and ask open questions (e.g. “What do you think that means?” or “What might be another way to interpret that?”). Importantly, avoid talking at them. You may mean well, but this  results in more passive learning where the child simply listens, and they might just quietly disengage or fail to properly retain the information. You need to get them participating in the conversation.

Facilitate Active Learning.

The more your child can discuss, ask questions, and brainstorm ideas, the more likely they are to succeed and resolve any challenges. Talk to your child about what they’re learning or reading and ask open questions (e.g. “What do you think that means?” or “What might be another way to interpret that?”). Importantly, avoid talking at them. You may mean well, but this  results in more passive learning where the child simply listens, and they might just quietly disengage or fail to properly retain the information. You need to get them participating in the conversation.

Identify Disengagement Triggers.

This one takes some extra time and attention. Try to get a sense of what causes your child to disengage. Some things will be obvious (phone, games, TV, dry content, etc), but there are other things you may start to notice if you work with your child closely enough. For example, I had student who struggled for years to concentrate. A bit of investigation revealed that many of the issues at home and at school came down to being easily overstimulated and we saw progress skyrocket as soon as we moved to online tutoring where the student’s attention could be better aimed in one direction.

Identify Disengagement Triggers.

This one takes some extra time and attention. Try to get a sense of what causes your child to disengage. Some things will be obvious (phone, games, TV, dry content, etc), but there are other things you may start to notice if you work with your child closely enough. For example, I had student who struggled for years to concentrate. A bit of investigation revealed that many of the issues at home and at school came down to being easily overstimulated and we saw progress skyrocket as soon as we moved to online tutoring where the student’s attention could be better aimed in one direction.

Set Clear Goals.

It seems simple, but most students don’t actually have clear goals that they’re working towards. They’re often just trying to get the best grades they can, or hit the targets set in the class. Speak to your child, and their teacher too, about what they’re particularly good at and what they struggle with. Set some goals around these ensuring that they’re specific, measurable, obtainable, recorded in plain sight, and developed by you and your child together. Also, make sure that you recognise and reward any achievements and empathetically explore the reasons for any setbacks.

Set Clear Goals.

It seems simple, but most students don’t actually have clear goals that they’re working towards. They’re often just trying to get the best grades they can, or hit the targets set in the class. Speak to your child, and their teacher too, about what they’re particularly good at and what they struggle with. Set some goals around these ensuring that they’re specific, measurable, obtainable, recorded in plain sight, and developed by you and your child together. Also, make sure that you recognise and reward any achievements and empathetically explore the reasons for any setbacks.

and finally...


Bring In Some Help!

It can often difficult to help your child move forward. In some cases, you might be low on time or unfamiliar with the content they’re learning. In others, the child may be uncooperative or resistant to some of the things listed above. Sometimes, it’s just difficult to get through to a child or adapt quickly enough to their changing needs. If you’d like a helping hand, Study Sphere has a team of hand picked tutors with decades of collective experience who’d love to work with you and your child.

We can help students reach their potential because our lessons are one-on-one and personalised. Each student that we work with has 100% of our attention. That enables us to leverage their strengths, put the due work into their challenges, and better meet their unique learning needs.

Study Sphere is offering FREE first lessons, so you can try us out for yourself without having to pay a cent! To claim your lesson, contact us using the information below. Or, if you’d like to learn more about us first, please explore our website. Check out our home page, see feedback from our clients, or learn more about how we can help you.

and finally...


Bring In Some Help!

It can often difficult to help your child move forward. In some cases, you might be low on time or unfamiliar with the content they’re learning. In others, the child may be uncooperative or resistant to some of the things listed above. Sometimes, it’s just difficult to get through to a child or adapt quickly enough to their changing needs. If you’d like a helping hand, Study Sphere has a team of hand picked tutors with decades of collective experience who’d love to work with you and your child.

We can help students reach their potential because our lessons are one-on-one and personalised. Each student that we work with has 100% of our attention. That enables us to leverage their strengths, put the due work into their challenges, and better meet their unique learning needs.

Study Sphere is offering FREE first lessons, so you can try us out for yourself without having to pay a cent! To claim your lesson, contact us using the information below. Or, if you’d like to learn more about us first, please explore our website. Check out our home page, see feedback from our clients, or learn more about how we can help you.

Study Sphere is offering a FREE one-on-one lessons with one of our hand-picked tutors! If you’d like to claim yours, contact us.

We have worked extensively with unmotivated students who don’t show the passion or focus needed to reach their full potential. We’ve seen our approach work wonders for years, and we want to give you a chance to see it too. Claim a free, no-obligation lesson now!

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