Do Private Tutorials Really Meet Students’ Needs?

Recently, private tutoring has become a phenomenon especially in Asian regions that opens up more job opportunities or side income to education professionals and higher education students. The aim of this education alternative is to add some soft skills to the people. It is not impossible for the people to have better chance of living because of having the tutor. The types of tutorials are various, from joining a course center that helps students of different ages to do homework and refresh school materials to organizing private sessions at home, under parents’ supervision. Private tutorials, as the way it is named, claim to serve the needs of the students in their own convenient time and methods. But, does this treatment really meet the students’ needs? Most parents and students would say yes, but education practitioners may see it differently.


The rocketing demand to private tutors is actually started from the decreasing trust of parents and students to the education quality in formal institutions. School time is considered the basic learning time, to set goals and targets but it fails to make students engage in the process of learning. Tutoring, on the other hand is perceived as extra time to discuss further and deeper the materials students got from school.  The focus of the service is actually enrichment and drillings. In Asia, where central control to education is strong, measurement of learning success and indicators that students do well at school are viewed from the final grades. In this case, private tutorials will only reviewing the delivered materials, not enhancing learning experience. Hence, not all private tutorials meet the learning needs of the students.


Before hiring any private tutors, parents and children have to agree upon the purpose of having private tutoring time. Not all private tutorials are effective, some will only spoil the children and make them depending upon third party helps in solving problems. But, when it is indeed needed, be critical in choosing the facilitators. Younger children need guidance from those who understand the characteristics in dealing with kids. Whereas older children need companion to assist them in making decision and go through problems. If private tutoring turns to be a spoiling facility, parents’ interference is strongly demanded.