How can I tutor my child at home?
There are a wide variety of ways to support your child’s learning from the comfort of your own home. One technique you can use, which is widely seen by tutors as being highly effective, is to focus only on the areas in which your child is finding difficulties. BOFA can help you do this, by creating personalised reports which show exactly what your child can and can’t do. By focusing purely on topics that the pupil is struggling with, you will make the most of the time you spend together and encourage them to improve themselves. This is good practice for when they are taking exams at an older age, as it is pointless going over material that is already understood for any exam at any level.
Working together with your child to help them learn something new will always be a wonderful bonding activity that will undoubtedly bring you closer. It is very likely that your child will have a great deal of respect for you – they may even think you’re the smartest person in the universe! But what if you don’t know yourself how to answer a question? If you and your child are both stuck answering a question on BOFA, you don’t have to worry. If you get the answer wrong, BOFA will give you an explanation and another practice question of the same type.
Understanding your child's learning style is the most important thing to do when supporting them in their learning at home. Your child's learning style is likely to fall into one of these categories:
- Linguistic: They love to talk, read, and write; in general, they are great communicators, and are very able to express themselves and have no problems sharing ideas
- Interpersonal: These are great ‘people persons’; they work well in groups and love talking and debating with friends
- Intrapersonal: They love to reflect, and enjoy writing poetry, keeping journals, etc
- Kinaesthetic: They love movement and learning ‘on the go’ - they understand concepts better when shown visual cues or are allowed to take a 'hands on' approach
- Logical-Mathematical: They understand abstract concepts and are able to explain them to others without real-world examples
There are many online resources which will help you to identify your child's learning style.
Before embarking on the huge task which is tutoring your child at home, always remember to consult their teacher so that you are aware of what criteria they should be hitting and what parts of the curriculum they will be learning about in the coming weeks at school.