How to Find A Good Private Tutor for Your Children in Indonesia
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Not all children are capable of autonomous study, and some need extra time outside of class to make good grades. Busy parents often don’t have enough time to dedicate to their child’s studies; this struggle of priorities between home life and work manifests itself most visibly in the trials of working mothers. However, services have developed that provide relief for working parents in the form of in-home private tutoring for children. The question is: what differentiates a quality service?
Reasons that children don’t succeed in their studies
The primary reason that parents employ a tutor for their children is that their grades are below the acceptable school average. Sometimes parents aren't able to assist the child themselves due to busy work schedules, lack of understanding of the subject themselves, or differing languages in the home and in the classroom/homework assignments.
Parents should be carefully monitoring their children's grades so that the causes of any deterioration can be quickly dealt with. The causes of difficulties in school may include:
Tips for choosing the best fitting private tutor service in Indonesia
Several subject areas may need additional work regardless of the child’s innate abilities; these may include English, math, computer science and foreign languages. These subjects are most often requested of private tutors for expat children in Indonesia.
Tips for choosing an English/foreign language tutor
Tips for choosing a math tutor
Tips for choosing a computer science tutor
These are some points of consideration when choosing a tutoring service for your child. Make sure the child also has input in the final decision. If the child enjoys the instruction methods, tutoring will be much more successful. Tutoring in different subjects can also help a child to find out what fields of study they are truly interested in.
Other than grades, total knowledge application ability gained should also be a consideration for parents. A well rounded knowledgeable person will have an important competitive differentiate in the job marketplace. The ability to creatively apply knowledge to solve problems will be important to your child’s future, and should receive equal weighting when choosing a tutoring service.
Making Arrangements with the Tutor
Private tutors in Indonesia are often willing to come to your home. They tend to be working teachers who are moonlighting after school hours to make ends meet. The sight of "Guru Les" entering the middle class homes in the neighborhood in the afternoon is quite common.
Private tutors will appreciate you sticking to a schedule and accommodating their work schedule whenever possible. If you agree to have your child/children study at a certain time and day every week, make sure that they are at home and available, rested and refreshed from their day at school before starting an exacting hour or two of tutoring lessons. This may mean taking a refreshing shower upon getting home from school, having a snack and then digging in with the tutor.
Keep in mind that many tutors have multiple appointments during the afternoon and evenings so they are unable to stay past the allotted time for your child. This works both ways though and if the tutor is continuously late this may cut into other family activities or meal times in the home. In this case, it is best to speak with the tutor as soon as it becomes obvious that there are scheduling difficulties and express your concerns in an effort to correct it as soon as possible.
If your child isn't available due to sickness or other pressing appointments, it is customary to still pay the tutor for the tutoring session. They are dependent on that income and are saving the time slot for your child.
Additional compensation for travel expenses is often expected. It may be best to agree to a trial period at first, say of one month, to determine whether or not the match is good, before proceeding with the tutoring relationship for a longer term.
Your child's tutor often becomes a trusted adult and friend to your children and can help guide them through difficulties in school, encourage and motivate them, and help them strive towards excellence. For this reason it is very important that their personality is a good fit with your children's.
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