|Tutoring (IAE - IBE - UNESCO, 36 p.)|
Tutoring can be very effective. But it is not automatically effective. Parents who try to tutor their own child at home sometimes become frustrated and bad-tempered. Parents might also tutor the way they were taught at school, which might be quite different to the way the subject is taught in school today. So there are especial dangers when parents try to help children with homework, especially when the children are older and their schoolwork is more advanced. Take care, and discuss exactly how you can help with your childs schoolteachers.
You might feel that all the advice given in this booklet makes tutoring seem very complicated. Be reassured - it is not so difficult, really. Make a start and learn for yourself as you go along. Many of the potential problems will never happen. But at least now you are prepared for anything. Well, almost anything.
This booklet is only a starting place. References and suggestions for further reading are found in the following section.
After you have read this booklet, try hard to find an opportunity to observe tutoring in action. Think about the good and bad points of what you saw. How many of the Principles in this booklet were being followed? How many were being broken?
Discuss the ideas in the booklet with your friends and colleagues. Try out a tutoring programme. Discuss what happens with your partners, colleagues and friends. Then teach someone else some of what you have learned. Then you will really have learned it.