||Tuition in a centre
||Tuition provided by an individual tutor
||Tuition provided by Think Tuition
|Is it personal to the student?
||Centres only offer a small range of subjects. As youngsters are taught in groups, they will only go at the pace of the learner who is furthest behind.
||A tutor working for themselves is only likely to be able to offer one subject area (eg. Maths). The danger is ‘death by worksheet’!
||Think Tuition offers personal tuition in all subject areas and all ages and stages. You can relax knowing that your child is being tutored by a specialist.
|Is it convenient?
||Parents have to drop the child off at specified times, and at their centre.
||If the tutor visits your home it is convenient. But not all tutors offer this service.
||Think Tuition’s service is built around your busy schedule.
|Is it safe?
||All centres will keep records of DBS checks.
||It is up to the parent to get assurances of DBS checks being in place.
||All Think Tuition tutors are DBS checked and vetted on their references.
|Is it quality assured?
||Usually there are a small number of teachers involved in recruiting tutors. The danger is handing your child over to an unqualified sixth form student.
||If a tutor is working for themselves, parents have no way of checking how relevant or recent their experience and skills are.
||Think Tuition tutors go through a rigorous interview and vetting process to make sure that they can get the job done.
|Is it founded on sound educational practice?
||Centres often rely on pre-designed computer programmes for learning.
||Individual tutors who are not up to date risk teaching children in an outdated way.
||Think Tuition is run by teachers who know their stuff, and many of our team are teachers. Our tutors are effectively supported to be the best.
|Is feedback on progress is timely and accurate?
||Feedback is given after a number of weeks.
||This is up to the tutor concerned.
||Think Tuition tutors give written feedback after every session. This in turn is monitored by parents and Think Tuition to make sure progress is made.