Online tutoring will eventually replace coaching classes

Tutoring: When does it make sense

The demands on our schoolchildren are increasing and not least because of the work or training situation, parents understandably try to enable their children to graduate from school. But it doesn't always work without help and that can also be useful. Ultimately, tutoring shows success. According to the latest education barometer, over 90 percent of students improve by one or two grades.

Tutoring is mainly used in the upper classes

The education barometer is created by the "Center for Empirical Educational Research" (zepf) at the University of Koblenz-Landau. "Tutoring is successful," sums up the managing director, Professor Dr. Reinhold Jäger. "It fulfills an important function in the education system - also due to its positive effect. This makes tutoring an important support system for maintaining equal opportunities when the school cannot provide the support itself." Around half of all students take tuition at some point between the seventh and tenth grade, the majority because there are learning or comprehension difficulties or because the transfer is at risk. However, if the grades are permanently bad, then you have to look for the reasons and possibly consider changing schools. Because tutoring will be of no use if the real problems lie elsewhere. Here it is important to research the causes.

Incidentally, later, in the final classes, the reason for taking advantage of tutoring changes. Most of them now want to get the best possible final grade. Incidentally, the statistics show that tuition is rarely used in two subjects. Usually it's only one thing, with mathematics clearly ahead here. If the performance in several subjects is consistently poor, this could be an indication of a general overstrain.

Tuition can be expensive

Not everyone can afford tutoring so easily. After all, several billion euros flow into the market across Germany every year. “A magic word in this context is private-public partnership,” says Professor Jäger. “This means the cooperation of companies from the private sector with state institutions - here the schools.” This could include the involvement of external tutoring companies in the support of children in schools, but also the financed tutoring for children of low-income parents. In this context, the so-called education vouchers are also being discussed. “We are in contact with Federal Minister Ursula von der Leyen and hope that Hartz IV children will receive learning support from 2011 onwards. Because equality of opportunity in education is particularly important to us. This is what we are committed to, ”affirmed Andrea Heiliger from the Federal Association of Tutoring and Afternoon Schools. After all, you have to calculate around 20 euros for a professional private lesson in individual tuition, in small groups it is always ten euros. However, many tutoring institutes offer family discounts and free trial lessons. Here you should get detailed information on site. Whether, apart from the price, individual or group lessons are more suitable for the child is individual. As a rule, however, one can assume that one-to-one tuition is more effective, as it can start exactly where it is necessary. “The be-all and end-all is individual support. Every child has different strengths and weaknesses. These have to be analyzed in detail and the learning opportunities have to be tailored to the individual student. "

Tutoring thrives on success

A tutor who fails to improve the student can and will be replaced. Sometimes this is necessary because the quality of the individual providers is very different and occasionally the chemistry between the tutor and his student is simply not right. There are around 4,000 tutoring schools across Germany, and the market share of institutional tutoring is around 30 percent. The rest is divided between teachers, students and pupils. It can make perfect sense to have an older student explain the subject matter to you. Provided that he is able to convey the knowledge appropriately. Some of them turn out to be didactic natural talent and both students benefit from it. Because even those who give the tutoring can once again consolidate their basic knowledge and, incidentally, improve their pocket money a little.

Ultimately, however, the most important thing about a tutor is that he is not only technically competent, but also knows how to motivate his student. "It has to", says Andrea Heiliger, "arouse the desire to learn, promote self-confidence and have a lasting effect." But she is convinced that professional tutoring brings more. “Of course, children also learn from older siblings or students who can certainly give them one or two good tips. However, tutors are proficient in many learning techniques and methods and can tailor them individually to the student's problems. ”By the way, there are currently more warnings against questionable tutoring institutes with abstruse pedagogical-didactic, often esoteric methods. Scientology is always in discussion here. On the website of the Bavarian Ministry of Culture ( one can find criteria that can be used to check the institute in question in more detail. The reputation, the level of awareness and the overall personal impression are often quite decisive here in order to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Parents are often unsuitable as teachers

Actually, it would seem obvious that parents, insofar as they themselves have the competence, help their children with school problems. But this is usually not a particularly good idea because the necessary space is missing. When parents help their children with their homework, the situation often heats up quickly and arguments arise. An otherwise good relationship within the family can be poisoned by misconduct on the part of parents such as impatience, false expectations or extreme annoyance. A point that speaks for the tuition, because here the tone is neutral and unencumbered. Andrea Heiliger also points out another advantage: “A tutor knows exactly what is being taught in school and knows the different methods. Parents, on the other hand, remember their old school days and often do not understand today's tasks because they think in old ways. "

Quite a few parents find it difficult to help their children appropriately from a certain class level. Due to professional or other obligations, others do not find the time to support their child's learning when they need it most. Because tutoring doesn't make sense if you need it all the time. Instead, it should be used if, for example, the child has missed part of the material due to illness, if there are didactic deficits in the person of the teacher or if there are currently difficulties in understanding for other reasons. In this way you can prevent the student from getting caught in a loop that is difficult for him to get out of. After all, the school curriculum builds on each other and if crucial building blocks are missing or wobbly, it becomes difficult to successfully build a tower.

When used correctly, tutoring is a good addition to our school system

You can find a tutor in a variety of ways. Advertisements in the newspaper, on-site institutes, providers on the Internet - there are many options here. However, a traditional method has proven its worth: benefiting from the experiences of others, word-of-mouth propaganda. A language trip or tuition limited to the holidays, which is also available with accommodation, may also be considered for the child. There are numerous options.

In Germany, tutoring still has a bad taste, and completely wrongly. Again and again one hears the argument that pupils who would be better off in a different type of school are "whipped" through Realschule and Gymnasium, for example. In other countries you see it more calmly. After all, tutoring is a good addition to school if it is used correctly and is positively accepted by the student.