‘Is your home tutor planning lessons properly?’ Tutors International publishes guide for parents of home-tutored children

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Tutors International, global provider of full-time private tutoring, today published a guide for parents to help them spot a good home tutor.

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"I would be very concerned if a parent said that their full-time tutor wasn’t spending most of their non-teaching time planning lessons.”

Tutors International provides homeschool tuition for UHNW families around the world. Today it has published a quick guide for parents to help them understand how much lesson planning is usual, how much should be bespoke to the child, and in what circumstances material can be reused from common sources.

Adam Caller, who founded Tutors International in 1999, writes in his article:[1]

“There are different levels of home tutoring that range from hourly after-school support in a particular subject to residential tutors that teach a range of subjects on a full-time basis. How much lesson planning, and where the lesson material comes from, should be appropriate to the circumstances.“

The article can be summarised as follows:

  • In a situation where a pupil is cramming for a particular exam, it is entirely appropriate that the tutor make use of the vast array of practice papers and materials available on the internet. Time constraints and the commonality of the material, if it is for a standard exam, mean it’s not worth trying to reinvent the wheel.
  • Where a pupil has a full-time private tutor, it should be expected that much of the tutor’s evenings and weekends are spent in lesson planning, and that most of the material is tailored to the unique opportunities, abilities, and educational goals of the student.

Asked about circumstances that would cause concern around lesson planning, Mr Caller commented about two situations: “Firstly, if a parent said that they didn’t have access to lesson plans and post-lesson reports. At Tutors International we always provide a transparent, shared folder that contains all the curriculum materials, educational schedules, reports and action plans so that parents, and I, can see the work being doing by the tutor and the progress of the student.”

“Secondly,” Mr Caller continued, ”if a parent said that their full-time tutor wasn’t spending most of their non-teaching time planning lessons. The unique opportunity for integrating subjects, for experiential learning, field trips, and bringing in specialist equipment that comes with full-time residential tutoring means that a tutor should be fully immersed in producing tailored materials that will give that pupil an unrivalled academic footing.”

Please visit http://www.tutors-international.com for more information about Tutors International.

Notes to Editors:

Tutors International is a worldwide organization providing experienced full-time private tutors to work with children of all ages and nationalities, in a wide variety of situations, including international relocation, after-school support, full-time home tuition, support for AD/HD and dyslexia, home schooling for frequent travellers, and college prep and coaching.

Tutors International was founded by Adam Caller who has tutored students of all ages. He has received specialist training in dyslexia and AD/HD and is very sensitive to children's educational difficulties. He has now turned this expertise to recruiting, training and placing other tutors with HNW and UHNW families around the world. Adam is a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).

Web: http://www.tutors-international.com

References [1] http://adamcaller.com/2015/01/is-your-home-tutor-planning-lessons-properly/ Adam Caller, Is your home tutor planning lessons properly? 3 January 2015

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