For an amusing account of the trials and tribulations of a private tutor, why not take a look at the link below? The column appears regularly in the Daily Telegraph and although obviously written to entertain and amuse it does contain insights useful for both parents of tutees and tutors. This particular article is rather sad, concentrating as it does on lack of parental encouragement. Many of this tutor’s pupils come from extremely privileged and moneyed backgrounds and he makes the point that all the lessons in the world can not substitute for parental support and encouragement.
We live in such a competitive world where the difference between an A and an A* can be crucial at university entrance. We all want our children to work hard and achieve and it’s sometimes easy to get the balance wrong.