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With the sixth wave of COVID right around the corner, many countries are going back into lockdown and we’re once again being plucked away from our normal lives. This is a hit on all of us, but admittedly some demographics are having a harder time, students being one of them. An overall decline in academic performance has been observed all the way from young children to university students since the first lockdown. Due to the recent developments, students and parents alike are looking for ways to accommodate this during the rest of the pandemic. We see that many of them are opting for tutoring, and here’s why you should too.
Discipline is an acquired skill and for many students worldwide, it’s one they haven’t had the chance to practice. We can’t expect especially little kids to put together a schedule of their own and stick to it and let’s be honest, it’s hard to stay disciplined even for us in times of stress. Having a tutor who keeps us accountable and on track is a major bonus to our productivity. Not to mention it’s impossible to fall asleep in front of the screen or skip class when you’re having a lesson one-on-one or with a small group.
If there is one thing we all hate about school, it’s how one program is forced on everyone. With tutoring, each student gets to decide the syllabus and schedule that personally works for them. This can be a good practice of responsibility for younger kids, and for older students, it’s still more convenient. You also don’t have to worry about missing a class when something important comes up since you can always reschedule with your tutor.
Researches show tutoring is highly efficient and a big reason for this is personal attention. Teachers don’t have the time to answer every question students might have due to the limited lesson times. However, with tutoring, you can ask about everything you get stuck on, and the tutor’s full attention will be only on you or just a few people more depending on if you’re taking lessons with a group or not. As a result, you will end up having learned more than you would have at school in one lesson. Without having to comply with other students’ needs you can move at your own pace, whether that be faster or slower.
Perhaps the most important factor of all is the emotional stability it provides us to connect with someone outside of our household members. This is especially important for kids who are still in their developmental stages. Long periods of isolation can have a long-term effect on how children will perceive and interact with the world. Getting a tutor for kids is also great for parents since it relieves them of their role as substitute teachers at home. Continuing our education by what means we have possible helps us not to feel alienated from our own lives by giving us a familiar routine to follow, making it just a bit easier to keep holding out through these trying times.