Updated: Sep 24
Olivia Halsall, one of our highly experienced tutors shares her thoughts on the value a personal tutor can bring to individual pupils.
Despite their almost mystic role in modern education, tutors have been around for thousands of years. In the Roman Empire, (753 BC – 476 AD) the sons of wealthy Romans were taught by pedagogues (plural paedagogi or paedagogiani) whose role was to teach, tutor and morally guide the student until adulthood.
Covid-19 has pushed education to its limits; schools and universities have been forced to disrupt, innovate and adapt their practice with varying degrees of success. For better or for worse, education is changing, and the multifaceted value tutors can bring to students is being recognised.
Today, receiving a personalised, focused and student-led education is becoming a necessity.
Turning to tutoring can alleviate much of the pressure recent education disruptions have caused. Tutors can: mentor students to build confidence, spot crucial gaps in understanding and fill these in a constructive manner and bring a subject to life.
Aside from academics, tutors mentor students by fostering a relationship similar to that of an elder sibling. Mirroring respectable values, a fierce work ethic and passion for a subject is a unique opportunity that can reap benefits tenfold. For example, a pre-GCSE student with a brilliant, innate aptitude for Economics can be tutored by an Oxbridge Economics postgraduate thereby accessing a plethora of direct and specialised insight into the subject and harnessing their strengths early on.
As Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, has noted, the destructive consequences of a shaky foundational understanding in a given subject, particularly with mathematics, if a basic concept is misunderstood, or the lesson on that concept was missed for whatever reason, can have dire consequences on more advanced topics. Tutors can easily spot these gaps, tailor exercises to ensure the student is up to date, and even advance them beyond their peers.
Bringing a subject to life can be best achieved one-to-one: creating an environment in which no question is neither quashed nor too silly, students can let their imagination and inquisitiveness run wild under the guidance of a tutor. Furthermore, whether an early riser or night owl, tutors can further adapt their teaching style and schedule to suit the individual needs of students.
Carfax Private Tutors has an army of tutors equipped with specialist knowledge, resources and qualifications to support students of all ages – whether learning Science through Minecraft, French or Social Psychology. Our offices in London, Oxford, Monaco, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Baku can support your every tutoring need.
Olivia has recently completed a Master’s in Second Language education at the University of Cambridge. Having achieved a 1st Class Hons in BA French and Chinese Mandarin with Business Management at undergraduate level.