Parents are worried that their children are unable to cope with school work. As such, they hire private tutors to coach them or send them to tuition centers for extra lessons.
Private tuitions can be advantageous. Sometimes students are unable to concentrate during lessons for various reasons, such as distractions, not feeling well or explanation gaps. Therefore, students miss key points taught during lessons. Under such circumstances, private tutors can re-explain the topics learnt, reiterate key points, abstract concept and help to solve problems that students face.
Students can be lazy at times. They may lose their motivation to work hard. The temptation for students to play is strong, particularly playing and surfing internet, spending time watching TV, sending messages and chatting with friends over the phone. Allocating times for private tuition reduces their time spent in unhealthy pursuits.
Private tutors also help to motivate the students to study hard. A private tutor can keep the students on the right track when they stray off course. Private tutors can assign homework to them, so that they can spend their time in a more meaningful way. A private tutor can thus act as a role of disciplinarian.
Having private tuition also has its disadvantages. Sometimes tutors provide additional homework on top of those given by teachers in school. The extra homework from tutor is an added burden to the students.
Private tuition can be a financial burden to parents who are poor. However, when the student is a slow learner who needs a tutor outside school, tuition is a necessary evil. Some students treat their tutors as a walking dictionary, expecting them to furnish answers to the homework given by school without thinking through the solutions by themselves over time. This can make them mentally lazy.