[14] Does your child need a private tutor with Adam Muckle

Does your child need a private tutor with Adam MuckleHave you ever considered employing a subject tutor for your child? In this episode of The School Success Formula I discuss the whole business of private tutoring with Adam Muckle, the president of The Tutors’ Association. Primarily we focus on the question, ‘Does your child need a private tutor?’ but we cover many other aspects of tutoring besides.

About Adam Muckle

Adam is originally from Belfast and studied Classics at Durham University. After training as a Barrister, a chance conversation led him unexpectedly to tutoring. Over the past eight years Adam has tutored here in the UK, throughout Europe and Asia, as well as online. Since March 2016 he has been President of The Tutors' Association, the professional body for tutoring and wider supplementary education sector in the UK. It seeks to provide recognition and professional support to tutors, and a reassuring and responsible voice for the tutoring profession in the UK.

What you can expect to learn in this episode

  • How Adam made the unlikely change from dreaming of being a barrister to becoming a private tutor.
  • The areas that Adam tutors: classics, the arts subjects for common entrance and scholarship exam for independent schools.
  • The variety of specialist tutors that are available.
  • The nature of tutoring – it’s not just about cramming and hot-housing students.
  • The reasons why a student might need a subject specific tutor.
  • The importance of the child being motivated to learn and being bought into the idea of having their own private tutor.
  • How parents can check whether a tutor is a good choice for their child through a DBS check, references and personal contact.
  • How Adam overcame his own special educational needs and failing the eleven plus to reach his full academic potential.
  • How The Tutors’ Association can support parents in their choice of a tutor.
  • The disadvantages of having a subject tutor.
  • Is online tutoring as good as face-to-face tutoring?
  • How to access tutoring if you’re a lower income family

Links mentioned in this episode

Angela Lee Duckworth – TED talk on grit

Where to find out more about Adam


Adam on Twitter

Facebook ADM Tutor

The Tutors’ Association website


The Tutors’ Association on Twitter

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