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Pri­vate tuition is some­thing many par­ents con­sider, but it can be a costly add-on to the ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence. Re­gard­less of cost, there is high de­mand for tu­tors around the globe, as par­ents want to give their kids ev­ery­thing they can to help them suc­ceed. Tu­tors can help break in their aca­demic abil­ity and teach kids skills to en­hance their stud­ies. An in­ter­est­ing statis­tic has emerged in re­cent years around tuition. When once tuition was re­garded as a ne­ces­sity for high school stu­dents, they are no longer the big­gest con­sumers of pri­vate tu­tor­ing. Young chil­dren, some as young as four, now oc­cupy the big­gest mar­ket­share of one-on-one pri­vate tuition. Pro­gres­sive Home Tu­tors’ Gary Su­dran has been work­ing in pri­vate tuition for 26 years. He says that back when he started, 60 per cent of his clients were high school stu­dents and 40 per cent were in pri­mary school but that stat has “There’s been a mas­sive in­crease in the num­ber of chil­dren be­tween the ages of 4 and 10 com­ing to us for weekly tu­tor­ing in the past decade,” Gary says. “It’s a com­bi­na­tion of anx­ious par­ents, home­work wars and the speed with which the school cur­ricu­lum is now be­ing taught in schools which is faster than ever. “Early child­hood teach­ers are also more likely to high­light to par­ents their child’s learn­ing tuition so their child doesn’t get left be­hind in the class­room.” Gary says it’s not just chil­dren who are strug­gling pri­vate tuition, it’s also chil­dren who ex­cel and re­quire out­side tu­tor­ing to help them get fur­ther ahead to re­duce the risk of bore­dom. “Some par­ents are even opt­ing to have their child tu­tored to im­prove their chances of get­ting into says. The grow­ing de­mand for one-on-one aca­demic tu­tor­ing com­pa­nies open­ing their doors in In­dus­try An­a­lysts pre­dicts the global pri­vate A Bris­bane mother of two teenage girls, Fiona her daugh­ters and be­lieves it’s the re­la­tion­ship the learn­ing the most. “The most im­por­tant thing is the tu­tor,” Fiona says. “If the kids con­nect with the tu­tor it’ll be their best sub­ject. A tu­tor can make them look at While gen­eral tuition is not for ev­ery­one, it can still pro­vide value for kids who need it. Spe­cialised tuition, such as mu­sic tu­tor­ing is more vi­tal when stu­dents are look­ing to learn an in­stru­ment. Char­lotte Ashcroft from Ashcroft Mu­sic Cen­tre for kids in spe­cial­ist sub­jects. cru­cial in spe­cialised ar­eas such as in­stru­men­tal mu­sic,” says Char­lotte. “Pri­vate tuition al­lows for teach­ers to tailor their lessons in­di­vid­u­ally for each stu­dents’ needs and learn­ing styles.” tu­tor each other. Peer tu­tor­ing is one of the best study tech­niques for stu­dents at any level and it’s com­pletely free.

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