Home tutoring can offer a lot to children if done well, if badly done and badly managed it can take children the wrong side of a balance between study and fun, often parents either use no home tutoring or use it excessively and neither option is necessarily right for the child. Different children learn in different ways and this is very important to understand, in fact learning in the classroom can be hard for some children which may be why they are falling behind, for these children home tutoring that is made to be easier for them and more interesting for them will hold their attention much more and be more enjoyable for them as they cope better. It is important to make sure you choose a home tutor who is able to adapt to get the most out of your child rather than teach in a very strict way.
Children do fall behind at school, often in one subject where they struggle particularly, it could be a lack of ability but again it could be the teaching style of the teacher not suiting your child or other factors in that class.
Children can certainly learn a lot more easily with one to one interaction, often children need things explained in a certain way before they get it, this doesn’t make them less intelligent but simply means they learn in a different way. Once the way they learn is understood with the help of a home tutor your child can be given study skills as well to help them cope better in school and throughout life by learning in the way that is best for them. Often they will actually gain a lot more understanding than other children in this way, often those who struggle are those that need to understand and see the logic behind something while other children are happy to learn without real comprehension.
Of course your child may be working very hard at school and actually not be behind but you may want to get them a little further ahead, it is important to make sure that this doesn’t lead to burnout, especially if they are working very hard at school, too much home tutoring can mean that they actually start working less hard once at school: this is especially the case with younger children. At GCSE grades and A-Levels grades, you should start pushing your child that little harder and giving them that extra help ready for exams. If they aren’t behind the class but you want to make sure they get the best grades it makes sense to start in early year nine though if they show a particular aptitude or interest in other subjects you may want to start beforehand. What is important to remember is that your child needs to want to learn to get the most out of tutoring so where possible get there buy-in, many when it comes to GCSEs and A-Levels will be all to happy for the extra tuition.