Many home educators get together in groups to study towards exams. (Elsewhere in this wiki there is information about online groups, but this page focuses on in-person groups.) There can be some benefits to doing this. Both parents and children may enjoy the group interaction and find it encouraging. There are a number of ways in which people do group study. For example:
- Parents find a local study buddy to team up with. Parents share their skills/knowledge/resources and the young people meet regularly to learn alongside each other.
- Parents set up a group in their home and invite others to join their children. This may be informal or formal, parent-taught or child-led.
- Parents employ a tutor to teach a course leading to an exam and invite other students in order to share the cost. This may be in a family home or in a hired hall.
Make sure that the other parents are all on the same page as you in terms of expectations. Ask yourselves a few questions such as these:
- What happens if a child's behaviour becomes detrimental to the learning of the others?
- What happens if someone falls behind and can't cope with the pace of learning of the rest of the group?
- What are the limits of the group re age-range, numbers etc?
Discuss all this as a group before hiring a tutor and then discuss it all again with the tutor.
This facebook group is a great place to find currently running exam study groups and to find trusted home education-friendly and experienced tutors being recommended by other HE parents.
Tutors who are experienced with home-ed children can also be listed on the Tutors page - feel free to add your recommendations there.