Should my child have extra maths tuition?
If you are considering extra maths tuition for your child, you are not alone. A recent study commissioned by education charity The Sutton Trust showed that almost one in four young people receive extra tuition outside of school, and mathematics is the most requested subject. There are many reasons for such high demand for private maths tuition.
- Parents recognise that a good understanding of maths is necessary for success in education, employment and life in general. With class sizes sometimes of 30+ many parents feel that teachers don’t have enough time to give individual attention to each pupil.
- Because maths is a sequential subject where topics build on previous knowledge, pupils can easily fall behind if they don’t understand or miss a lesson. This can lead to a lack of confidence and engagement with the subject and learning can become stressful. One-to-one tuition can help fill the gaps in understanding and restore confidence and enjoyment of maths.
- Extra tuition can also be helpful at crucial times in a child’s schooling, such as when preparing for SATs, GCSEs, A Levels, 11 Plus, Common Entrance exams or scholarships. By focussing on the student’s weaker areas and teaching ‘exam technique’, they become more confident and are able to perform to the best of their ability. It is important not to leave this preparation too late – the sooner the student starts receiving extra tuition the greater the benefit.
- If you are home educating your child (or considering it) but don’t have the necessary skills or confidence to teach maths then we can help.
- www.mathscareers.org.uk has lots of interesting articles and information about careers that involve maths. It has different sections for students aged 11 – 14, 14 – 16 and 16 – 19.
- www.plus.maths.org is an internet magazine providing articles and podcasts on various aspects of mathematics, covering topics as diverse as art, medicine, cosmology and sport. It also has a regular interview with someone in a maths-related career, showing the wide range of uses maths gets put to in the real world.