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zemlene

Location: philippines

Position: Classroom Teacher


I am one those teachers who don’t like to do tutorials with kids at their homes. Here in the Philippines, specially in my city,It is popular to parents to hire teachers to do home tutorials for their kids. My mother is one of those teachers who accepted such side job to augment the earnings of the family. Thrice a week, students will visit at home for one hour session. At times, i will also help my mother with it. It is fine with me to explain principles and guide the learner on how to solve specific problems in mathematics and check their work. What i strongly disagree is that i am the one who will answer their assignments. how can i help the student learn the lesson when i am the one who answered his part? Assignments are given to the learners for them to practice. Since then, i told my mother that i can’t help her anymore with this kind of sideline job. Students will only be dependent with the tutors. Aside from that, it could only result that the students will not pay attention to classroom discussions because the lesson were already taken up in the tutorials. What do you think for Tutorial lessons, could it help students do well in school or not?


#1

vanessa_cruz0615

Location: Philippines


I think you’re right, tutorial lessons will not help that much. And yes many kids will just depend on their teachers in doing their home works…But I just like to share this story. This is my sister’s experienced in hiring a teacher for home study for her daughter. She hired a teacher for her daughter who is in grade school. But my niece still find it hard to understand her lesson, and why? it’s not because she is too dependent with her, it’s because her teacher at home doesn’t taught her the right way. One day, my sister got home early and she discovered that the teacher was playing cards with my nephews. And the other day, she observed and saw again the teacher just with her cellphone the whole study hours. And right then she asked her daughter if she can study with her own, my niece answered her mom, that she would love to study just by herself and not anymore to have someone who’ll helped her. After my sister fired the teacher, surprisingly, my niece got high grades that she haven’t got when she had that teacher..hugh!


#2

Rose

Location: Philippines

Position: Parent


My boys take Math Kumon classes twice a week. It’s not really a tutorial but more of self-learning. The kids learn on their own. The kids have to first, figure out the Math problem themselves before they ask for help from the teacher assistants.

I have never subscribed to the idea of hiring tutors to help my kids. Because, as what Zemlene cited, the tutors end up doing the assignment.


#3

girishpn

Location: Kerala, India

Positions: Parent Administrator


Hello zemlene,

What you said is correct by all means.Home Assignments are supposed to be done by the learner and it is for his improvement alone.There is no point in tutor doing the tasks for the learner. This will hinder his improvement..Im sure about that.

I think Parents should address this issue with high priority else this is going to do a lot of damage to their own child’s future.

Regards

Girish


#4

Rose

Location: Philippines

Position: Parent


I agree with you Girishpn. Parents should check if the tutors end up doing their kid’s homework and likewise, the kids asking their tutors to do the work for them.


#5

zemlene

Location: philippines

Position: Classroom Teacher


I’d also like to share what my co- mentor address this issue. She don’t like her students to have any tutorials from another teacher…she told her students that if there is any difficulty on their part about the lesson, anytime the student could personally approach her to have a one on one session with her. There’s no reason why parents should hire another teacher for kids because the lesson is already well presented and explained by the teacher.

We, teachers are open and welcome to help any kid to do well in school as long as the kid is also willing to help himself. Otherwise, teacher’s couldn’t do anything for the child if he himself have already given up the fight.


#6

Debby-6-Kids

Location: Rhode Island, USA

Position: Parent


I believe you are right. I do not think even here in this house a tutor would work. I have the case with one of the boys that he even  tries to get me to do most of his homework and it can be a battle at times. I have to keep reminding him that it is not my homework it is his. I think I have given birth to some of the best manipulators around though!


 

Thanks, Debby


#7

jwaage

Location: Colorado, United States

Position: Classroom Teacher


The benefit that I can see in a tutor is confidence building, but this isn’t something that you would need to hire someone for if parents are willing to be available for the kids.

I find that many students are fully capable of doing all of their own work, they just need to know that someone is there if they have a question, and maybe someone to come assure them that they are on the right track every now and then.


#8

Rose

Location: Philippines

Position: Parent


Lol! I was in the same situation before. My 10 year old would sweet-talk to me so that I can do his homework especially book reports! Totally not advisable. The kids wouldn’t learn to do it themselves.


#9

Debby-6-Kids

Location: Rhode Island, USA

Position: Parent


Haha! There is another parent out there that has been sucked in by this. The funny thing is my other kids never did this to me so I was convinced he was overloaded with work..yeah okay! It didn’t take toooo long for this mother to catch on when the friends were waiting and he could zoom right through the work and get it all right.

I think it was at that point I realized the kids were beginning to outsmart me! I was losing my maternal grasp and all intelligent brain waves at the same time. :)


#10

HeartofaMom

Location: Philippines

Position: Parent


Hi Zemlene,

Tutorials are a big no,no for us. We believe, my husband and I, that in the long run having a tutor will not pay off. The earlier a child is taught to be resourceful, the better he learns how to cope with reality.


 

cristina


#11

zemlene

Location: philippines

Position: Classroom Teacher


cristina you are absolutely right. The kids should be taught on how to use there initiative for as early as they could. This will help them to be an independent individuals. Thus, tutorials would only curtail this development.


#12

Chuck

Location: Philippines

Positions: Parent, Classroom Teacher


A tutor is there to help out a student when he is having difficulties with a particular subject, that is the case in our school. If a teacher evaluates the student as needing more attention on a particular subject outside class hours, he recommends the student to have a tutor.

I just have a problem with some tutors though, at times (I’m not saying all tutors do this) the tutors themselves do the assignment instead of just guiding the student to finish the assignment.

I would notice this because when I ask them about their assignment, they are not able to answer my question verbally. But because they have submitted the assignment, they should know the answer already (if it was them who did the assignment).

Tutors are able to help students if they are true to the meaning of being tutors.


 

~~~a stone is not carved by force but by constant friction~~~


#13

keith at ela

Location: England UK and Philippines

Positions: Parent, Classroom Teacher Boy who could not read


zemlene – Home tutorials/lessons can always help a learner’s development, any educational input is good, but you must never just give them the answers to work they have been given from school. You must show them how to find the answers. Show them how to understand the questions. Show them the methods and teniques they need to use to find the answers but NEVER EVER just give them the answers or end up doing the assignment for them.

You say one teacher objected to another teacher helping her students. Strange!!! The function of any teacher is to help their student to improve and understand things, so anything that can help this should be encouraged. Maybe the teacher concerned was not good at explaining things to the kids and did not want to be seen as inadequate.

Whether you are paying a teacher to give your kids a home tutorial or whether you are helping them yourself with their homework or assignments, it is the same. Help them, don’t do it for them.

Home tutorials will never curtail the development of a child’s initiative or independence, unless the home tutorial is being used by the parent just to cheat the system by making their child have a higher grade using all the tutors answers. This will curtail their development. A home tutor must NEVER EVER just give them the answers or end up doing the assignment for them. This is not helping them to learn in any way. It is only helping them to maybe get a higher grade for the parents to show off.


 

Keithatela

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