Should We Hire a Tutor for our Kids?


Think back to when you were at school: notes were taken down on paper, not on iPads, and libraries spanned square metres, not bandwidth.

Indeed, it’s true, our own children are now growing up in a digital world – one where they can send their typed-up school assignment to a printer via Bluetooth and access any study notes guide by swiftly swiping their phones.

While some of us worry about how much internet consumption is healthy for a teen (all those in favor, say ‘I’…), the reality is, without learning the ins and outs of everyday technology, as well as the importance of mathematics or education per se in a date-driven world, experts argue that our kids may be cutting themselves short.

And this is something we should all become aware. “Unfortunately, our school systems… we move students through mathematics in a lockstep process,” says district principal, Julio Villapa, in a compelling lecture series he’s had about parenting. “So those who fall a little behind find it near impossible to ever catch up and appreciate that beauty.”

Villapa also asserts, now more than ever, our world needs every citizen to be skilled in mathematics – something he says that Filipino kids are currently just not good enough at. “With the advent of artificial intelligence and automation, many of the jobs we see today will either not exist or be transformed to require less routine work and more analysis and application of expertise,” he claims. “But we’re not producing the extra mathematics students to fill these new roles.”

So, with that, Villapa suggests giving our children pay incentives to help them get better at maths – a theory he has been (successfully) testing for the past six months.

“Many parents would pay their children an allowance or pocket money for doing chores in the house,” he says.

“Naturally, parents are the most invested in their children’s education. So, let’s charge them a weekly subscription fee to use our program, but – if the students complete their weekly maths goal, we’ll refund the subscription amount directly into the child’s bank account.”

There are several online math education platforms that spits out maths questions to students via a “machine learning algorithm” that responds to how a student performed last time they used the app. There’s also the rise of Kumon, Galileo, Enopi Phil, and CMA Mental Arithmetic etc. that supposedly make our lives easier as parents.

Tutoring can be a fantastic resource, providing encouragement and reassurance to pupils feeling overwhelmed by their schoolwork, and boosting the confidence of others that are doubting their own abilities, but that doesn’t mean that every child should be tutored. Indeed, in some cases it can even be detrimental to a child’s progress, especially if the pupil in question isn’t being given enough time to simply relax and switch off.

The various pros and cons of tutoring make it difficult for parents to decide whether or not to invest in extra help, and that’s why today we’re going to look at five reasons for tutoring your child, as well as three reasons you might decide not to. Tutoring isn’t just about helping children improve their marks at school, and below we’re going to argue that there are certain other benefits to hiring a tutor that parents might not be aware of. Likewise, tutoring is not a panacea to educational problems, and in many cases might do very little to change a child’s academic fortunes.

But is it really worth the fee? But what do you make of this? Should we be paying teenagers to do their homework like some people would suggest? Or put faith in the school system in that it is keeping up with educational, and motivational, demands society is putting on our kids? Tell us, we’d be happy to hear from you.

Vance Madrid

Freelance writer, lifestyle blogger, social media manager, events coordinator, scriptwriter, film buff, wanderlust and certified foodie. Zealous for a keyboard and new experiences, I wish to live and learn through my writing.