Future Academic Success Part 2
Investing in a governess
Whether employed part time to teach your child a smaller number of subjects, or required full time to replace your child’s formal schooling altogether, a private governess is a great investment when it comes to helping your child’s education.
A professional educator in the private home, a governess is responsible for the intellectual and social development of a child, focusing on academic development.
Trained to work with school age children and often of a teaching background, they will organise activities and outings to stimulate their pupils intellectually, they will tutor them on specific subjects as required, help with homework and generally oversee their scholastic development. They will also teach them life skills, etiquette and cultural appreciation – all on a one to one basis – unlike school which caters to the masses.
In the school environment, all too often a child that is surrounded by classmates can feel left behind. This is a situation that is not good for self-esteem and ultimately their overall learning experience.
There are many scenarios that can play out and easily end up depicting the school classroom as a place not necessarily conducive to learning: Quiet children can be overlooked, the noisy ones not given the chance to be themselves, the particularly bright children severely limited, and those that require extra help, left floundering.
A private governess and one to one learning offers children the space and time to go at their own pace, allowing them in turn to see what they’re fully capable of, enabling them to grow.
Tutoring a child in both their strong and weak subjects and tailoring a learning programme to meet their individual needs, will buoy the child, meaning they can gain in confidence, the same confidence that will support them on their way to becoming a well-rounded adult.
Generally employed five or six days a week, a governess will be focused on making sure children reach their educational milestones. The role includes the following:
1) To encourage children to behave in an appropriate manner
2) To ensure that children complete homework and participate in educational activities
3) To often teach a specialised subject, such as a language, or musical instrument
4) To teach cultural awareness and etiquette
5) To oversee the smooth running of the daily routine
6) To liaise with parents and with school (if required)
7) To give exam and school assessment preparation