Having confidence couldn’t be more vital to the future health, happiness and success of your child, and it’s our responsibility as parents to make sure they’re full of it (in a good way). Yep, it’s a big responsibility, but you don’t have to go it alone. Private tuition can be a valuable way to give your child the confidence they need to excel at school and beyond.
// 1. First things first, what is confidence?
Confidence is a mindset. It’s about looking at every situation as an opportunity to learn and improve. It’s about knowing that you’ve “got this,” but not feeling downhearted or discouraged if you don’t.
Dr Selina Samuels, expert educator and Chief Learning Officer at Cluey learning (Australia’s largest online tutoring service) says confidence is necessary for growth. “If you feel confident, you’ll be able to overcome setbacks and learn from your mistakes. You may receive negative feedback, but you’ll see it as an opportunity to get better,” she says.
Confidence is important, so when it comes to fostering it in your kids, take all the help you can get. Here are some of the ways private tutoring can help:
// 2. Provides judgment-free learning
Dr Samuels says that when it comes to learning, it’s the partnership and alliance that kids have with their tutor that really builds their confidence. “We know that children are often too nervous to put their hand up in class to admit they don’t know something in front of their peers,” she says. Great tutors ooze warmth and empathy and work hard to create pressure-free learning environments where kids feel comfortable to ask questions without fear of being judged. And with every question asked, their confidence grows, developing a strong sense of competence they’ll carry into the classroom.
// 3. Improves academic performance
As much as they may try, teachers just don’t have the time or resources to cater to every student’s individual learning needs, and many kids get left behind academically. Private tutors know that every child is different and faces unique learning challenges. They spend time working with their students to unearth specific problem areas and tailor their sessions accordingly. When students are armed with the tools and knowledge they need to tackle the tough topics, they can face every test and exam with confidence.
// 4. Encourages belief in abilities
There is a real value in adults—beyond parents and teachers—providing kids with the encouragement and support they need to grow. As parents, we are programmed to take on the role of cheer squad when it comes to our children’s success, and though important, praise can often be more beneficial when it’s from an outsider. When a child’s tutor—who is intimately familiar with their struggles and frustrations—believes in them, they start to believe in themselves more too.
// 5. Improves attitude towards learning
One of the items of feedback we hear most from Cluey kids is how much they enjoy their tutoring sessions. When learning is fun, kids want to do it more; it’s that simple. Plus, enjoyable experiences increase levels of dopamine, endorphins, and oxygen in the body—all good things that promote learning. Whether the fun comes from a tutor creating new and unique ways to teach the same content, or through constant encouragement and praise, enjoyable tutoring sessions can help kids feel less overwhelmed and frustrated with schoolwork.
// 6. Transforms failures into confidence builders
Failure can send even the most confident adult into a downward spiral of fear, uncertainty and self-doubt; imagine its effect on a child. A great tutor strives to create a safe space for their student to acknowledge their fears, and failures—to make them a part of their learning journey. Because when kids are made to feel safe, they aren’t as concerned with making mistakes. This is what allows them to thrive.
If your child could use a heavy dose of confidence, engaging a private tutor could be a game-changer. It’s important to note, however, that not all private tutors are created equal and is important that the tutor and student build up a rapport. Cluey Learning ensure of this by pairing students with tutors who match their personality and preferences.
Visit clueylearning.com.au/lifesorted to learn more about what Cluey do and how they can help your child feel calm capable and confident in the classroom.
P.S. If you’re a new customer and what to sign up, or if you’re an existing customer and want to enrol another child or add a new subject enrolment, you will save 20%.
**Disclaimer: This blog has been guest authored by Cluey Learning, the experts in online tutoring for Australian school students.**