Whether you want to give your child a helping hand, or learn a new skill for yourself, here's how to find the perfect educator.
If your child is struggling with homework or understanding concepts in a subject at school, the first point of call should always be talking to the teacher. They may be able to signpost extra support, or help provide context on what might be getting in the way of learning.
However, a tutor is definitely worth considering to provide that bit of extra help which could make all the difference.
But they needn't just be for kids. Adults too can benefit from the skills of a good instructor, whether it's picking up a new language or refreshing the memory of topics learnt long ago at school.
Finding your own tutor
It's likely that you already know someone who is using a tutor, or people in your social network may offer tutoring services themselves. So before hitting the web, ask around your contacts for recommendations.
Failing that, private tutors often advertise their services in Facebook groups like Expats de Lux, Luxembourg Parents and Luxembourg Expats Buy & Sell. If you can't find someone suitable, consider posting an appeal in a group yourself.
Using an agency or tuition company
The following companies act as search engines for private tutors, and allow you to filter by location, subject specialism and other criteria:
A range of providers also provide in-house tuition or promise to match you with a tutor that's perfect for you or your child's needs:
- Nyki specialises in private or small-group tuition for children from elementary to high school age. Their lessons are 'tailor-made' for the learner's needs.
- Cours at Home offer subject tuition as well as language training at primary and secondary level, as well as classes for adults. They have their own online platform for distance learning.
- Intellego have competitive pricing and offer individual tutoring at home or online - for all subjects and all stages of school.
- Etic offer tutoring in science, maths, language and humanities. Their speciality is preparing students for the final Luxembourg school exams as well as the French and European Baccalaureates.
- Abacus offer a range of subject specialisms for both primary and secondary, including Latin, languages, science and maths.
- Réussit' School have one-to-one tutoring as well as specialist options for individuals with learning difficulties. They also offer courses for adults and business customers.
Rates vary significantly by provider, so it's worth shopping around. As a rough guide, private lessons - whether via a school or with a tutor operating independently - range from 30 to 60 euros per hour depending on the number of lessons and the teacher's level of experience. Savings can often be found by block-booking a number of hours in advance or choosing small group or two-to-one tuition.
A number of providers specialise in language tuition (most of the schools listed above also offer language training as part of their general package). For specialists try:
- Languages.lu run language camps for kids as well as private tuition.
- Inlingua Luxembourg have holiday courses, private tuition and e-learning options.
- Prolingua have a wide range of courses on offer in a range of European languages. They also offer specialist tuition for 13 to 17 year-olds.
- Berlitz provide one-on-one lesson packages for those aged seven and over, while kids as young as four can benefit from their 'Berlitz Mini' courses.
- StudyFox offer individual and group lessons, with a particular specialism on preparing people for the Luxembourg nationality exam. They also offer bespoke training to help with job applications or professional exams.
For specialist maths training, try a private tutor or for a different approach, there's Vedic Maths Luxembourg. Vedic maths focuses on developing fast mental calculation, and is suitable for both kids and adults. It could be worth a try if you or your child are struggling with traditional maths teaching.
Alternatives to tuition
If you, or someone you care for, is aged between 12 and 24 and new to Luxembourg, the Department for the Schooling of Foreign Children offers free reception classes teaching German or French language. More details here.
If you're concerned about a child falling behind at school, extra tuition may not be the best option. Indeed, they may be struggling due to another issue such as undiagnosed learning difficulties or a mental health concern. While speaking to the school should be the first port of call, it's also possible to contact support services directly:
- Passage - Parent Support for the English-speaking Community in Luxembourg - have a helpful guide if you're looking for diagnosis or support for additional education needs.
- Luxembourg City's website signposts a number of services that offer psychological and educational support for children and their parents.
- The government's Schouldoheem.lu site has a dedicated helpline, as well as a thorough guide to well-being at home (all in English).
- The dys-positiv service run by Caritas offers advice and support for children with diagnosed or undiagnosed learning difficulties.