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Tutoring in Cayman


Ten years ago, finding a good tutoring company in Grand Cayman was a rather difficult thing to do. Times have changed in a big way! Cayman now has a wealth of highly qualified and well-trained teachers/professors who work through busy and dedicated tutoring companies. But why hire a tutor in the first place?


A tutor can help your children stay on top of their course work, help improve their grades and, more importantly, give them confidence in their school work. This rise in qualified and exceptionally good tutors has been particularly game-changing for children within the public school system: 1-to-1 tuition can exponentially improve results and open up enhanced opportunities at college and beyond.

So what do you need to consider when choosing a tutor? When Cayman Parent asked qualified teachers at the top schools about this subject, here is what we learnt:

Phonics & Reading Support

We have been told that most children should be reading quite comfortably between the ages of six and seven. However, if your child is really struggling then something could be wrong and there is no time to waste. Your child might have dyslexia and, if so, will need reading intervention. This would come in the form of a qualified individual who is trained in either the Wilson Program or the Orton-Gillingham dyslexia instructional approach. This is essential. Ask your tutor if they have a certificate or qualification proving that they can teach either of these courses. If you suspect your child has ADHD then a diagnosis of dyslexia often comes with it, so that is something to consider as well.

One easy thing that all parents (and preschools) can do is buy a colourful poster (available on Amazon) with the alphabet on it. Make sure it does not just have capital letters though, you need the lower case letters as well. Find one that has a picture for each letter (e.g. an apple for Aa). Then put it somewhere that your children will see it a LOT – the back of the bathroom door is a good place! Your child will then see it every day and will slowly, ideally from the age of two, begin to absorb what the letters look like and sound like.

Maths Support

If you are looking for a maths tutor consider that children in the US system learn maths in a very different way to those in the UK system. In the US system students learn maths in themed branches (algebra, geometry, advanced algebra, trigonometry and then calculus); in the UK system students learn a broad cross-section of the whole subject of maths and then build on it each year. Enquire as to what experience the tutor has with the curriculum, and if they don’t seem to have enough knowledge of it then find one that does.

All children in Cayman are now required to have mastered their times tables by the age of 9. To help them achieve this, one simple thing you can do is order a times table poster from Amazon and put it somewhere they will see it a lot. Opposite the toilet or the bath is ideal. While they are in the bath you can test them and, over time, your child will learn them. Try and put it up there while they are still very small.

Homework Help

Many parents look for help getting their children to do their homework, and as a bonus a tutor will also work out very quickly where the gaps are in your child’s knowledge of the current subjects they are studying. Tuition should always supplement the learning already taking place inside the school classroom. A good way to aid this is to regularly forward class newsletters, spelling lists, school reports, etc., to the tutor for inclusion in the tutoring sessions. Your child’s tutor can then make sure that their students are on top of their subjects.

GCSE, IB Diploma or A Level Exam Help

If you are looking to have your child tutored for their GCSE, A Level or IB Diploma exams, make sure to find a teacher who has experience teaching the current curriculum your child should be learning for that specific subject. Also, make sure they have specific experience getting children through those exams and have not just taught the subject up to an earlier grade. At this level of your child’s education it is seriously important that your child’s tutor is a qualified teacher. Although a teaching assistant can help guide a child with special needs and teach children at primary school, you would do well to find a qualified teacher for your child’s external exam tutoring.

Costs

Expect to pay on average CI$50-CI$55 an hour for one-on-one tutoring. It is money well spent. The tutor will not move on until they know that your child has grasped the subject properly. This is something you cannot guarantee in a school classroom setting with 25+ students.


10 REASONS TO HIRE A TUTOR


  • Better grades: A tutor can quickly work out where the student has gaps in a subject or area and work one-to-one to remediate it.
  • Confidence in school: The confidence a child gains from not only knowing they can keep up, but that they are actually very capable cannot be understated.
  • Increased social confidence: Academic success can improve overall self-esteem.
  • Different perspective: Sometimes a tutor can offer new insights or approaches to a subject than school teachers or family members.
  • One-on-one time: Tutors can dedicate their full attention to each student. Shy students might be too embarrassed to ask questions in class or tell others that they are struggling.
  • Meet new friends: Children can create a new circle of friends in their tutoring environment.
  • Allows for extra family time at home: At the end of the day, children and parents are exhausted and it can become stressful to start tackling difficult homework tasks. Tutors can relieve some of this pressure and allow for more enjoyable family time.
  • Simplifying core concepts: Tutors can simplify core concepts to create a deep rooted, thorough understanding of subjects at a young age before schoolwork becomes more complex; providing a solid toolkit of problem-solving skills and a confidence in their ability to tackle difficult work in the future.
  • Excelling in exams: many parents hire a tutor for their children so that they can feel prepared and confident in exams. A tutor will often help the student tackle past test papers.
  • Keep the level of knowledge up: A tutor will help maintain a child’s skills over school holidays to ensure the student does not fall behind.

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