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Help! Tutoring a group of three, all with different ages.

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by Georginalouise, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. Georginalouise

    Georginalouise New commenter

    I was asked to tutor siblings together a few years ago, although they were at secondary school. As the conversation unravelled, it became clear I would be a babysitting service as the parents would want to go out. Also, when I asked about the children's current performance at school, I was told that it wasn't relevant to the tuition. I turned the work down. Explore exactly why he wants them tutored in a group, and why not tutored individually for 30 minutes each, for example.
     
  2. I'd also wonder why he wanted them all tutored together. Is the year 6 a little behind and at a similar level? I've had an enquiry recently from someone with a 13 year old girl (with special needs) at the same sort of level as her 9 year old boy - I haven't worked with them but said I would be willing to have a chat and see what they can do and whether it could work.

    You could certainly do topic based work and set differentiated tasks for each child to match their levels - I'd suggest that most of the time would need to be spent on individual tasks with support from you though - rather than leaving one or more of them finding the topic too easy or difficult in group activities.

    As for a babysitting service, I think you need to be very clear about your fees and whilst not expecting necessarily 3 x your fee to tutor 3 children at once you might want to suggest double or double and a bit, explaining the extra time you need to plan for 3 pupils instead of 1. If they are looking for a babysitting service this would then price your services far above that of a teenage neighbour! - And rightly so.
     
  3. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    Personally I don't think I would take this on. If the Year 3 is doing similar work to Year 6, how come the Year 3 needs a tutor? I agree with the poster who suggested he is looking for a babysitter!
     
  4. becstar76

    becstar76 New commenter

    Hi there
    Thank you all for your replies. After reading your advice, I have e-mailed him back requesting more information on his children's needs. If they are all at very different levels and have different areas of weakness, then I think I will decline the work. I think planning for a group like that would be too labour intensive for the discounted rate I would have to charge. Like primarysteve and langteacher pointed out, If the year 6 is working at the same level as the year 3 child, why does the year 3 child need a tutor? Hmmm - will wait for the Dad's response and go from there. Will let you know what happens. Thanks again for your great advice (as usual) [​IMG]
     
  5. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    or suggest 30 mins each like someone else said and see what he says
     

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