What is a good length of time for a maths tutorial?

Most tutorials are an hour, but we should question why this is, considering most group lessons in a school environment are 50 minutes.

A tutorial session should not be taken up with the tutor sitting there marking work while the child attempts new questions from a workbook – all of that should be done between sessions. Beware of tutors who do this.

When a tutorial session is one-to-one less than 50 minutes should be enough to address a topic and for the child to have learned something, understood it and applied it to a question or two which they haven’t seen before.

We find that 30 minutes is a good amount of time to address a specific issue – for example a child not understanding how to multiply and divide fractions and then simplify the answer.

For more general tutorial sessions such as reviewing percentage in general, forty five minutes works well.

Remember that it’s up to you and your child to bring to the tutorial session what you want to get out of it. Specifically, email your tutor ahead of time saying “Tomorrow we’d like to focus on angles and types of triangles because John doesn’t understand how to do his homework”. The more specific you can be, the more your child will get out of their tutorial sessions.

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