Building Confidence in Children with Learning Difficulties

Children who have some learning difficulties – who need to go at their own pace – can often find school a very frustrating place. Gradually, unless their needs are recognised, they can suffer low-self-esteem and underachievement. Some children become fearful of going to school as a result, which can later lead to illness or school phobia.

We need to recognise the need for special help as early as possible. However, in many children, their needs can be missed until their early teens or even later as they struggle with their schoolwork.

Uncovering strengths with one-to-one support

Fortunately, individualised one-to-one tuition can help children with learning difficulties to overcome the barriers to learning and realise their potential. Our private tutors, who are patient and understanding, can assist the pupil to learn at their own pace and, ideally, in the comfort of a home.

SEN Code of Practice defines a learning difficulty as ‘a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age’.

While children with general or ‘global’ learning difficulties experience problems reaching expected attainment levels across the curriculum, specific difficulties – such as dyslexia or dyscalculia – may be reflected only in particular areas of learning (e.g. literacy or numeracy).

Children with specific learning difficulties may therefore be able to do well in other areas – and can often really excel in other aspects of learning and achievement once that is discovered and realised.

Learning at the child’s own pace

Individual one-to-one tuition is often invaluable for children struggling in school as the result of any learning difficulty or combination of learning difficulties, because, unlike classroom teachers, a tutor can give a child their full attention and ensure that the level and pace of their teaching is suited to the child’s personal needs.

If the child becomes frustrated or fails to secure a particular concept or skill, a private tutor is able to give their pupils the time and space to ask the questions that they need to ask in order to understand the concept or master the skill.  A  personal tutor can then adapt their lessons according to their pupil’s specific requirements and employ a variety of teaching methods and strategies to ensure the pupil remains engaged with learning, rather than becoming disheartened in the face of challenges.

All children have their own learning styles and preferences, and a home tutor can help children who may feel disengaged in the classroom to discover a learning style that they can enjoy. When the teaching methods used play to a pupil’s strengths and preferences the pupil’s confidence and self-esteem can grow and the greatest leaps in learning and skills development can be made.

Home tutors can also make sure that all progress made is consolidated before new concepts and skills are introduced. By only introducing new ideas when they can build upon established concepts and skills,  home tutors can ensure pupils’ memories are ready for the new information, and pupils will respond positively and remain motivated, rather than feel overwhelmed.

Experienced SEN tutors

Home-School Tutoring’s special educational needs (SEN) specialists have helped many pupils to engage with learning, develop their confidence and succeed at school and beyond.

Margaret Sweetland, the UK Proprietor of Home-School Tutoring, says: “Our SEN specialists can help pupils of all ages with learning difficulties to overcome past frustrations and find ways to learn that are enjoyable and effective.

“Home-School Tutoring has helped many children with learning difficulties to discover methods and strategies for learning that can help them succeed and develop new confidence and motivation.

“Whether you would like tutor support to help a pupil with general learning difficulties or specific learning difficulties, including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and Asperger’s syndrome, your local Area Advisor would be delighted to match you with the most suitable tutor.”

Parents can find contact details for their local Area Advisor by browsing our locations or entering their postcode or nearest town in the search box above.

Home-School Tutoring has provided quality home tuition for over 25 years.  A rigorous registration procedure ensures that all tutors are suitably qualified and committed to delivering attentive and effective tuition. Certificates of qualifications are verified, references are obtained, and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is made to verify all tutors’ suitability.

Home-School Tutoring is also currently inviting applications from tutors and SEN specialists interested in joining Home-School Tutoring. See Become a Tutor for details.