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Busting tutoring myths

Last Updated: 16 Aug, 2023

UK Study Centre busts four common myths about tutoring that may have stopped you from trying it out.

Over a quarter of 11-16 year olds reported that they received tuition in 2019, and this number is continuing to grow. However, there are still a number of misconceptions flying around about tutoring. We have collected and debunked four myths to help you learn more about the benefits of tuition.

  1. Tutoring is only for struggling students

A common misconception about tutoring is that it is only for students who are falling behind or struggling in class. While this is true, it is not the only group of students who can benefit from tutoring. The main purpose of tutoring is to provide students with the individualised attention they can’t receive in the classroom and support them on their journey to becoming independent learners. This applies to students of all ages and abilities, including those who are looking for an extra challenge. Whatever your educational goals, tutoring can help you improve your learning skills and set you on the right track to achieving those goals.

  1. Tutoring only provides short-term results

For many students, their motivation to arrange sessions with a tutor is that they want to achieve good results in an exam or gain a place at their chosen school or university. Because of this, many believe that tutoring can provide only short-term results, however this is far from the case. Tuition can greatly benefit a student’s confidence and motivation and can help them build essential study skills that they can carry with them through the entire duration of their academic career.

  1. Tutoring does not promote independent learning

 Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

Tutors do not simply provide answers to questions; they help students learn about how they learn and encourage them to take charge of their own learning. Arranging lessons, completing homework and maintaining effective communication with tutors all help to foster a student’s independence. This is especially true for older students, who are starting to concentrate on their higher education options alongside their studies.

  1. Tutoring takes up too much time

When considering tutoring, one of the main concerns might be that students do not have enough time after school or on weekends for lessons. With the flexibility to choose between online or face-to-face lessons or a mixture of both, it is easier to fit in tutoring around your schedule. It is also important to remember that spending one or two hours a week with a tutor will help students save time when completing work independently. Furthermore, scheduling time for study, social activities and other commitments help to prepare for university and work life.


If you are considering tutoring and would like to learn more about your options, get in touch with UK Study Centre. Our expert consultants can help guide you through the process and create a bespoke study plan tailored specifically to your needs.

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