Parents need to start working closely with their tutor for their kids to gain a competitive edge because just tuition alone doesn’t cut it anymore.

Grade A. That has become the holy grail for all students. And most parents.

The path to A is tough. Your child is seemingly scrambling through papers after papers represented by dense thorny undergrowth.   

Then you hire a tutor. You see your child hunching over the desk, pretending to make sense out of the numbers and symbols while the tutor utters incomprehensible words.

You have only one thought in your mind: your child’s tutoring experience needs a change.

You’ve gone through tremendous efforts to ensure your child’s tutor is right for your child. But it’s a falsehood to depend on a private educator alone for your child to excel academically.

Here are 5 ways on how you can work with your child’s home educator to let your child get ahead of the competition.

Work out a method of communication

A constant flow of communication between tutors and parents can do wonders.  

Delay is the root of all trouble. If some things are better communicated instantly, don’t wait. Don’t wait till the tutor arrives for their next lesson or worse, wait for an issue to arise.

Calling might be intrusive (for either or both parties), but texting is ideal. Just be sure to have an agreed time allowance for replies so it won’t leave either of you hanging.

Arrange for weekly/monthly in-depth conversations

While interaction between parents and tutors keeps urgent issues under control, an open communication helps your child get the most out of tutoring.

The exchange of details during the meeting is crucial. Because a second pair of eyes always help. For example, the tutor might be more aware of warning signs of stress exhibited by your child, which you might have missed.

Don’t make it a stressful event. Plan to have a weekly or monthly meeting, even if it’s just for 15 minutes. Ongoing communication is often an interpretation of more productive tuition sessions for your kid.

Set common goals and reach them together

You have your own expectations, and the tutor could have his or hers. What’s more, the child could have their own too.

Concoct a list of attainable objectives based on all goals combined. Check that these goals are clear and concise so the tutor can put intentional focus on what’s important.

Having common goals lets the tutor keep up with the student’s progress, knowing when and what changes to make during the process to achieve the goals.

Give some breathing space

Helicopter parenting is horrible. It’ll stifle the tutor and affect his or her tutoring performance.

Eavesdropping, over-monitoring or scrutinizing will spoil chances at developing a meaningful student-tutor relationship and hinder progress.

The worst? Too much of helicopter parenting will ruin your child and their ability to defend themselves in the outside world.

As a parent, it’s natural for the micromanaging instinct to kick in. But loosen up! Let the tutor do his or her job.

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What you can do is give valuable information to guide the tutor into creating the best teaching plan. For instance, if you know your child’s learning style, that could be fantastic news for the tutor.

Invest in trust

You, as a parent, knows your child the best. By unveiling your kid’s hobbies, favourite books or cartoons, etc., it’ll keep your tutor in the loop. Personal information about the kid can be useful to the tutor for all you know.

Sharing information about your child demonstrates trust as well. And trust, when reciprocated, nurtures good rapport.

If you make the effort to develop mutual trust, you’re also constructing a strong foundation for a parent-tutor relationship.

Bottom line

A disconnection between the tutor and parent(s) can affect children and the overall tuition journey.

Educator and parent both play major role to make sure kids develop a healthy aptness for learning. And the cooperation between both parties best support that intention.

But if your child is still experiencing difficulties in school, perhaps tuition is not the sole answer.


Poor grades might be caused by other factors such as stress where fundamental concerns need to be identified and solved immediately.

A child’s grade doesn’t prove anything. A child’s development is far beyond their grades. For a child to excel, child development is just as important.

So there you have it! Trust and communication is the way to go if you’d like to work closely with your private educator to help your child excel academically.

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