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Tutoring and Self Confidence

There are many factors that affect a child's academic advancement. One of the most critical and overlooked factors is self-confidence. This lack of confidence could be either in the way the teaching is done in school or it could be a lack of confidence in the ability to learn. The system of pedagogy used in a school must be generalized to cater to the needs of a wide variety of students. Modifying it to meet the specific needs of a single child is impossible. However, tackling the problem of low self-confidence, on a one-n-one basis will help a child to overcome school related learning obstacles as well as personal ones. Tutoring is a proven way of doing this.

The Impact of Low Self-Confidence

The aim of tutoring is not limited to improving grades in specific subject, although that is the reason why most children start. No child has an equal affinity for each subject that he or she learns. In some cases, the imbalance reaches significant proportions and the disparity between the good grades and the bad ones becomes too large to ignore. This leads to a lack of confidence in the ability to grasp the subject. It can easily expand to affect the child's confidence in his or her overall learning ability. When this happens the vicious cycle begins - the child has difficulty in learning one subject which causes a lack of confidence and the lack of confidence affects the abilities to learn other subjects as well.

The Impact of Tutoring
The solution to the problem is to provide the child with personalized assistance in overcoming the learning obstacles. This could be in one or more specific subjects. But in most cases, the impact will be seen across the curriculum in terms of improved results even in subjects where tuition is not being provided. The increased confidence in the child's abilities will not just make learning less of a chore; it will benefit all aspects of school life from student- teacher interaction to peer relationships and extracurricular activities. A confident child is a happy and successful child because the negativity that comes from not being able to keep up with other children is gone.

What Tutoring Does

The benefits of tutoring come in the following ways:

  • The one-on-one support that tutoring offers takes away the burden of having to compete with a classroom full of other students. Being able to learn at his or her own pace, with the support of the tutor, creates a relaxed atmosphere where the child is able to progress rapidly.

  • The pace at which progress is made is not standardized. In the tutoring scenario, it is tailored to each child's needs and abilities. This time and attention will be given to specific areas of weakness with the overall subject framework. It builds a solid foundation that will become the pillars on which the child's future progress will be based.

  • In a tutoring environment, there are fewer distractions so a child's attention is more easily focused on the subject being studied. This increases the ability of the child to retain and internalize what is being learned.

  • The tutor and child are able to build rapport that is not possible in the school environment. This rapport creates a bond of trust that in turn dismantles the wall of defensiveness that students who are weak in certain academic areas build around themselves. This defensiveness does not really protect them but impedes their ability to participate fully in the learning experience.

Tutoring is not a sign of child's weakens. It is a tool that is provided to a child to enable him or her to expand their abilities.

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