In Nigeria, home tutoring has now become one of the essential mediums of learning major subjects like Maths and English. Keeping up with business and other work schedule has made it impossible for many parents to keep tabs on their children's academics and provide them with the study support they need to read.

Most times, when students want to take placement examination for primary students, BECE, WAEC, JAMB, or the POST UTME, they opt for home tutoring. All they need to do is pick a suitable time when they are home, and the tutor does all the hard work of creating a lesson plan, coming over to their place, or teaching them online. To date, home tutoring is a popular and helpful trend in the education sector across Nigeria.

However, there are many students in Nigeria who are either yet to consider the services of a professional home tutor or have totally refused the idea because of the cost that comes with it and the difficulty of finding the right tutor or service.

Superprof understands that one of the major reasons why students don't consider home tutoring is because of the many myths that surround it. This is why we shall be highlighting some of these myths and attempting to deconstruct them so you can see reasons why you should give an online tutor a thought.

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Myths Surrounding Home Tutoring

The major myth many people have about home tutoring is that it yields little or no impact on the academic performance of a student. This misconception is borne from the fact that there are some students who even after having a one-on-one learning experience don't seem to improve. It is possible that such a student may be having personal challenges and it won't be right to judge every student's experience with a home tutor by that of a student.

Students especially those who are smart tend to be very high-ended about criticism. First, based on their view, they believe they can achieve academic excellence by themselves without contact with anyone. Then, they start to see every student in the same light they see themselves that everything can be done without the help of a tutor.

These myths about private tutorial will always come up every time and in every school and that is why it is important for you to look beyond the myths and face the reality. The reality is no matter how good of a student you are, you are going to need academic support and that is what private tutorials offer you.

There are several myths about home tutoring that it might be difficult to discuss all of them. However, we have decided to identify the most important ones to help you know what people are saying as against what truly exists.

Intensive teachings are not effective

As a parent or a student, you might have some people say that intensive teachings can affect the learning ability of the student. According to this myth, the more intense the teaching, the lower the student's chances of getting what is being taught. However, this is not true because there are many students across different grades and levels who have improved academically because of intensive teachings.

Grade 6 students who are preparing for their placement examination to get into a secondary school in Nigeria, need intensive tuition to help them stay in line with the syllabus required for the examination.

Home tuition takes a lot of time

Another home tutoring myth that is widely circulated is that it takes a lot of time and students don't have much time. Again, this is not true because private tuition does not in any way interfere with the time of the student. Play is the bedrock of intellectual development and cognitive reasoning and it needs to be balanced with learning.

Depending on the platform you are getting the private teacher from for your son or daughter, you can choose a time that works best for your child to learn that doesn't interfere with their playtime and ensure the tutor chosen uses fun teaching methods

For a platform like Superprof, you don't just choose the pace you want to learn at, you also get to choose a time that is most comfortable for you, and have various approaches to learning.

Many private tutors are inexperienced

There is also this false belief among many people that private tutors are inexperienced people, especially in the science field. To these people, tutors are either students or people who do not have a job. This false belief comes from the fact that many private tutors appear young. Yes, they may be young, but there is more to a private tutor than their age. What your focus should be on when choosing a tutor is not the age, but the qualification and track record of such a person.

Children are struggling because they don't put in enough work

Many parents don't see the need to hire a private tutor for their kids because they believe their children are not doing well in school because they are not putting in enough work. This is not true because many times, it is not about the student but the teaching method that is applied. A tutor, unlike the conventional Nigerian school system, creates a personalized teaching system that suits the child.

While these are some of the major myths why people tend to believe they don't need a private tutor, that's not all, there is more.

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Are Private Tutors Really Costly?

You may not need a private tutor if you think you cannot manage the high cost that comes with it. Hiring a  private tutor that has many years of experience can sometimes be costly for some families. However, a child's academic at any level is an investment in their future. That is why there is the common saying that if you think education is expensive, then you should try the alternative - ignorance.

While we can confidently say that the private tutors available on Superprof are affordable, affordability can still be relative depending on your budget. However, when you weigh the many benefits that your child stands to get from a private tutor against the cost at which it comes, you will know that it is worth it. Private tutoring not only improves the academic performance of your child, but it also advances them socially.

With home tuition, you can build the learning skills of your kids, have them do well in their internal and external examinations, and get into the secondary school and university of their choice.

In Choosing You Have to Weigh Your Options

As parents, you always want to be sure you are making the best decisions for your kids and not the ones that come with risk. We understand this and that is why we are saying the key to success with regards to home tuition is to consider the pros and cons of it.

There may not be a certainty anywhere that the performance of your child will immediately improve once you get them a tutor. In making a decision, you need to look inwards and consider the advantages and disadvantages of home tutoring for your child.

If after this consideration you finally decide to settle for a home tutor, then you have to look through the portfolio of the person you are hiring. What experience does the tutor have in the area you want your child to improve? Are you satisfied with the experience they have and the teaching approach they employ? If yes, then you should look beyond the myths and hire a private tutor today for your child.

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Superprof Private Tutors Can Take Your fears Away

Parents believe that kids need home tutoring in grade 6 as it is a sensitive class. That's because, from that class, they start writing the traditional placement exams for primary school students to get into secondary school. Also, in Nigeria, the top secondary schools always require high grades from students before they can be admitted into the school.

Of course, the goal is to make sure your kids perform excellently in their exams, regardless of which and you are committed to making that happen. In that situation, you'll most likely consider the option of employing a private tutor to help your child learn better.

With the right online learning platform, you will not have to worry about the many myths that surround hiring a private tutor and one of the best platforms that are known for the quality of tutors that it offers is Superprof.

Superprof is that platform that guarantees quality teachers and lessons that will meet the needs of your children. It is that learning platform that takes your fears away and helps your children improve drastically in their school work.

On Superprof, you'll meet tutors who have gone through intense screening, making them a suitable choice for you. You are also granted a free first-hour class in most cases to ascertain what you will be paying for before making a commitment. It may appear to you that your child doesn't need a private tutor until you hire one from Superprof and see how well they blend with your child.

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