How personal tutoring can make homework sessions easier for children who have ADHD

As things continue to return to ‘normal’, the demands of adapting to regular routines can be overwhelming for those who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Making use of a tutor from specialist companies, such as Tutor Doctor, during this period can provide some valuable support for parents who equally may be struggling to positively impact their child’s learning experience. Children who have ADHD benefit from personalised approaches and learning opportunities in their education. And with October being ADHD awareness month, now is a great time to consider alternative ways to enhance your child’s educational journey in the long-term.

In the UK, it’s thought that between 2% and 5% of school children have ADHD. This is a considerable number of children who may be finding the challenge of adapting back to a regular routine overwhelming, and ultimately may be struggling to balance their schoolwork with such demands.

It’s especially important, therefore, to identify when students who have ADHD are beginning to feel overworked, which could potentially lead them to feeling overwhelmed. These experiences can lead to students associating study with negative feelings, and ultimately could make it much harder to encourage them to want to repeat the process. Having a tutor can alleviate these pressures, and hugely benefit the learning experience for children who have ADHD.

One such Tutor Doctor tutor who works with a student who has ADHD expressed, “I have one student who has Autism and ADHD, he’s about eight years old and has three sessions a week between two tutors. He is now going into his third year with us. When I think of amazing students, I think of him because during the pandemic he has not only continued to thrive, but he has coped extremely well with online learning, and he even had a change in tutor without complaints. His resilience during this time has been exceptional and I wish I could explain his situation to other families by way of example.”

“For children with ADHD, having a personal, one-to-one tutor affords them with the individualised attention and support that they need to allow them to get the most from learning. Tutors help in identifying exactly when a student with ADHD might need to take a break, they help students complete larger tasks by teaching them to break tasks into sub-tasks, and they personalise expectations to the needs of the student. These along with ending the study session on a high note are all examples of how students who have ADHD can learn to love studying and homework with the support of a professional tutor,” explained Becky Ward, the Education Experience Specialist at Tutor Doctor.

Every student’s curiosity and interest are piqued by different things. In a one-to-one learning environment, tutors can tailor the whole experience to the needs of the student, an important aspect of maximising a learning experience for those who have ADHD. Through promoting participation and retaining their engagement, the long-term learning experience will be drastically improved for students who have ADHD through tutoring.