Benefits of Maths Tuition at Dyslexia Association of Staffordshire

  • Posted on: 4 December 2017
  • By: Mike

Benefits of Maths Tuition at Dyslexia Association of Staffordshire


Whilst most parents and carers recognise the need for, and the benefits of, additional specialist tuition with DAS in the skills of reading, writing and spelling for learners with dyslexia, this tuition in mathematics is often seen as less of a priority. There are many benefits of this type of tuition, some of these are discussed below:

  1. Customised lessons – there is no set maths curriculum with our specialist tuition, rather work is focussed upon learner need. If it is necessary to go back several stages using concrete examples, this can be done in a sensitive way so as not to ‘knock’ self-confidence and self-esteem. Our teachers can adjust pace, focus and goals to suit individual learners and deal with immediate need. With this in mind, we also liaise with schools to work together and develop transferrable numeracy skills.


  1. 1-to-1 teaching gives more time and attention – if it takes 3 months for a learner to grasp a concept, then DAS spends 3 months on it. There is no ‘moving on’ until the learner is secure in their knowledge. A significant advantage so that learners do not get lost in a class of 30+.


  1. Select the best teacher for the learner – in terms of temperament, specialism  and teaching style.


  1. Increased confidence – through working closely with their teacher a good learning relationship can develop that is not possible in a larger class, this allows the teacher to spot potential problems and resolve them, before they occur. Shy learners can often find it easier to express themselves than they would in a larger group.


  1. Help with homework and test practice – these can often be a daunting task for learners with dyslexia; DAS’ 1-to-1 teaching can keep them on task, focussed and interested ensuring work is completed to a higher standard and that the learner gains more from having engaged with material better. Teachers can be especially effective in test preparation offering advice and assistance from revision strategies and organisation, to focussing on gaps in learner knowledge.


  1. More interesting materials – sessions can be less rigid and less reliant on text books, DAS teachers have free reign in the use of the best materials for each learner. This means learners are unlikely to see resources used in schools, thus they are less likely to become bored and can be provided with a challenge.


  1. Flexible and convenient – appointments can be agreed to suit learner and teacher, arranged around school and after-school activities. Sessions via Skype are also an option to reduce travel and increase access to specialist support.


  1. Saves time and effort – it’s not always practical or possible for parents to offer this type of support themselves due to busy schedules or as subject matter advances, so using one of DAS’ specialist tutors can be a great help.