When is it best to get your child a tutor?

When is it best to get your child a tutor?

BrightSparkz Tutors has been in the business of matching learners with their ideal tutors for over 17 years now, and we’ve learned some valuable things along the way. Understanding when it would be beneficial for your child to have one-on-one tutoring can save your family the agonising hours of stress, tears, and arguments about learning and studying. Although tutoring can be beneficial at all stages.

This quick read breaks down some key aspects of when to consider getting your child the assistance they need to perform optimally.

Learning Styles:

Children have unique learning preferences: visual, auditory, or kinesthetic. Identifying your child’s unique learning style helps tutors tailor their support. For example, visual learners may benefit from images, diagrams, and charts.

Academic Challenges:

Many students struggle due to a lack of interest, difficulty understanding concepts, or poor time management. Tutors provide personalised support to address these issues, boosting confidence and performance.

Developmental Milestones and Tutoring:

Early Childhood Education

For children under 3, learning through play is crucial. Tutoring at this age can incorporate playful methods to enhance cognitive and social skills.

Middle Childhood Adaptability

In middle childhood, one-on-one tutoring can help children catch up or excel in specific subjects, offering targeted and focused attention to overcome struggles.

Adolescent Learning Capacities

Adolescents benefit from tutoring that encourages critical thinking as well as abstract reasoning. Tutors can act as mentors, which can often help teens excel further academically. 

Regardless of your child’s age or grade, there are some signs to look out for that suggest they may benefit from a tutor.

  • Struggles with classwork:  A tutor can help your child manage their workload and stay on track. 
  • Lack of confidence: One-on-one support can help boost their understanding and self-esteem.  
  • Poor grades:  Targeted and focused support can help improve academic performance.


Subject-Specific Tutoring Considerations:


Starting early on (first or second grade) ensures a strong foundation in basic arithmetic, which is crucial for your child’s future math success.


Early intervention in reading and writing (first or second grade) helps build essential language skills.

Science and Technology

Starting in the later primary school years (fourth or fifth grade) helps solidify basic scientific concepts before tackling more complex topics.

Choosing the Right Tutor:

Credentials and Experience

Select a tutor with relevant qualifications and expertise in the subject area your child needs help with. BrightSparkz Tutors knows that when it comes to enlisting the help of a tutor, a one-size-fits-all approach just doesn’t cut it. 

Teaching Philosophy and Methods

Find a tutor whose teaching style matches your child’s learning preferences and who sets clear goals for your child to work towards. BrightSparkz Tutors ensure tailored solutions that are modified to each child’s specific learning style, challenges, learning barriers, and goals. 

Compatibility and Rapport

Ensure the tutor’s personality and communication style are compatible with your child’s needs for a productive and effective learning environment.

As parents, it’s natural to want to support your child as a first resort, but being equipped with the right skills, knowledge, time, and attitude can be extremely challenging. BrightSparkz tutors are trained to take this burden off your shoulders by providing professional tutoring as well as feedback so that parents can stay updated with what is being taught and how receptive their child is to the sessions.

It’s important to monitor your child’s progress through grades, assignments, and tutor feedback, and to encourage your child to share their experiences so that sessions can be fine-tuned or adjusted as necessary for even better outcomes. Remember, tutoring is a process, and consistency will always garner the best results.

Luckily, BrightSparkz Tutors has been helping families like yours for years, taking the legwork out of working out your child’s specific learning style, vetting the best, qualified tutors, and matching them with each other so that your child can reap the benefits of tailored one-on-one attention and assistance.

If you’d like to find out more about how our incredible tutors can help your child get the grades they’re capable of, get in touch with us now!


Written by Geri Saunders, BrightSparkz Staff & Blog Writer

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