I provide bespoke programmes for primary aged children. Generally, tutoring lessons will only cover 1 curricular area, though it is possible for us to cover more than one in the session. I am asked most often to cover maths and literacy. However, as a teacher I have been trained in every subject within the primary curriculum and I am confident in doing so.
Lessons are generally weekly and at the same time. They will always be an hour long, except in exceptional circumstances. This allows for 55 minutes teaching time and 5 minutes of feedback to the adult. Some younger children may not be able to focus for a full hour and I will therefore suggest two half hour sessions a week. I can be more flexible with regards to home schooled children, just discuss your needs with me.
Within the first lesson I will assess the child. I attempt to keep this light hearted and fun though it is essential for me understanding where any conceptual difficulties may be impeding progress. During this session I also work towards building a relationship with the child as this leads to them being more confident in asking questions. I help them realise that a tutor is different from a teacher and not only because they call me by my first name!
The 1 to 1 format allows me the flexibility to cover any misunderstandings in your child’s learning but also means I can adapt sessions to meet any difficulties they may be facing at school that day or week. We can cover a lot of work and different concepts which helps them make rapid progress whilst allowing time to revisit previously taught areas.
I encourage children to take ownership of their learning. To tell me what they think they need, and if possible, plan learning with me which supports their upcoming in school learning. This way tutoring becomes a joint endeavour between child, tutor, family and school.
What a 1 to 1 Lesson Looks Like
I always attend promptly at the allocated time. Upon arrival I will have all resources, jotters, stationery etc that may be required. The first thing I will do is ask your child how they are, discuss their schooling and enquire as to what achievements they have had in addition to whether they have encountered any difficulties that week. This allows me to adapt the planned lesson immediately to help them meet any difficulties.
We then commence work. I use a lot of manipulatives within lessons, these are things children can touch and move. It can range from cards to counters, dice to number or letter strips. In addition, I will also use a lot of games. It is my opinion that children learn best through play. As part of my degree covers outdoor learning we may also spend time outside, if appropriate and you are happy for us to do so.
We usually cover between 4 and 6 different concepts within a lesson. This is irrespective of the subject area being taught. This variety helps keep children motivated and interested and helps ensure progress throughout the curriculum.
At the end of the lesson I will discuss the child’s feedback briefly with them. We go over what they feel went well and what they want more work on, determining their next steps. This is essential, whilst they may appear to understand a concept this allows me to assess their confidence. Thereafter, we, the child and I, feedback directly to the adult regarding the session.