Pros and Cons to Hiring a Student-Tutor

Pros and Cons to Hiring a Student-Tutor - Privatetutors.ie

Everyone has to start somewhere…

Private tutoring during college is not a bad place to start. That’s if parents are willing to take a leap of faith!

See, student-tutors aren’t normal people, they are excellent multitaskers, great role models and are always committed to helping their students. After all, they’ve just been through it all!

If you’re deciding between a student-tutor and an established private tutor, please keep the following pros and cons in mind…

Student-Tutor Pro #1

Cost Effective

If price is a deciding factor, you’ll be happy to find that student-tutors usually charge less than established tutors. This does not mean they are less competent, or that they provide less value…

Some student-tutors are in it for the long run and may be looking for experience and reviews. Other student-tutors may resonate with our mission of positively impacting 100,000 students by 2030, and want to make a difference – not a quick buck…

Finally, it may sound funny, but some student-tutors simply don’t know what they should charge. They might compare their tutoring job to a minimum wage job taking orders and scrubbing dishes, and charge based on how ‘difficult’ the work is. (They’re often in for a treat when they start private tutoring!)

Student-Tutor Pro #2

First-Hand Experience

Student-tutors have just been through it all. They have excellent notes and resources, top exam tips, and their own insider tips and tricks on how to tackle exams. Sometimes student-tutors will know more than professional teachers!

As well as all this, student-tutors tend to relate to their students much better. They understand that juggling 7, 8, or 9 subjects at once is hard work. As a result, student-tutors have more realistic expectations that will always keep their students motivated…

If you’ve read our other blog posts, you’ve probably heard us say that a private tutor is more than just another person who brings students through exercises, private tutors are role models. Simply put, students will relate to ex-students more than professional teachers…

Insider tip: If you’re picking a student-tutor, it’s best to pick someone out of secondary school for at least one year. This is because the exam questions do not repeat themselves every year, but might every two or three years. Also, if your child is studying a subject like music, note that the syllabus rotates between set A and set B every 3 years…

Student-Tutor Pro #3

More Flexible

Flexible doesn’t mean student-tutors can do the splits, though that would be impressive! By flexible, we mean student-tutors are tech savvy, can usually travel to your house to teach, and will appreciate your suggestions and not get offended. At the end of the day, they want to learn and improve themselves as well!

Student-Tutor Pro #4

You Make a Difference

Here’s something you probably weren’t expecting. You get to make a difference to the student-tutor’s life. Where established private tutors may not get out of bed for €20 an hour, student-tutors may be delighted. Your investment will go a long way and they’ll work extra hard to make a positive difference…

Then in the future when they’re looking back at their private tutoring days, they’ll remember you, your child, and all the kindness you’ve shown them. Also, student-tutors tend to have fewer students, so of course, this means more focus on the students they have!

Student-Tutor Pro #5

The Spark

Yes, everyone has the ‘spark’ of motivation, not just student-tutors. However, we imagine student-tutors will be more motivated to perform their best and go above and beyond. Especially if they want to continue down the line of private tutoring. Student-tutors will want to get as many positive reviews as possible to make a name for themselves…

Student-Tutor Con #1

Lack Of Experience

This is probably the biggest reason why parents don’t choose student-tutors. Student-tutors are seen as having less experience. Yes, they may not have 20 years teaching under their belt, but the fact that they’ve had a first-hand experience with the new Leaving Cert, means that they might have some insider tips!

Student-Tutor Con #2

May Become Busy & Unreliable

The most unfortunate thing for student-tutors is that their exam times correspond to their students’ exam times. So, the busier their students get, the busier they’ll get. Often this will be when the student needs them most…

We believe that this should be the number one reason parents don’t choose student-tutors, not the ‘lack of experience.’ Anyways, professional teachers face the same problems as they often skim over things before exams…

The best way to combat this problem is to choose a private tutor who is great at handling pressure or one who doesn’t have their own deadlines to meet. To find an exceptional student-tutor, we recommend asking about their hobbies and extra-curricular activities during their Leaving Cert year. Perhaps they came through with stunning results while being captain of the school rugby team, member of the school orchestra, or head of the student council…

Student-Tutor Con #3

Safety

You’re inviting a stranger into your home. Yes, Irish people are friendly and all-round excellent humans, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. This applies to all private tutors. We recommend you scheduling a video call or phone call before inviting the private tutor into your home…

You may also be concerned about the student-tutor and your child dating. It’s a valid concern. After all, they are around the same age. There’s no cure-all, but we recommend dropping in once or twice during the lesson to offer a glass of water or something. It’s subtle and the student-tutor will really appreciate it…

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Now we know it’s biased to have 5 pros listed and only 3 cons. But honestly we just couldn’t think of anything else. So, if you have anything we missed please let us know in the comments area below!

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