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School failure: when it comes to support, the embarrassment of choice

How can you help your child in their learning when you don’t have the time, the skills or just the patience? This question, many parents ask themselves. It is estimated that one in five secondary school students and one in three high school students resort to tutoring at some point in their career. Including, sometimes, to “boost” an already solid file, in order to give oneself more chances to integrate the training of one’s choice.

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According to a recent study by the Xerfi firm, the turnover of players in the sector has increased by 5% per year since 2012, reaching today 2 billion euros per year. A juicy market, most of which, however, falls within the gray zone, with home lessons taught informally.

More or less expensive solutions

For these lessons at home, often centered on a subject and which allow individualized support, it is necessary to count in the 30 € per hour, a little less when the course is given by a student. But there are many other less expensive solutions, which have developed with the rise of digital technology, in particular online educational platforms such as (online courses, quizzes, corrected exercises, etc.), which offer subscriptions from € 7 per month.

The advantage of such formulas lies in their flexibility – no need to block a schedule in the week – and access to resources designed by specialists in pedagogy and the discipline concerned. But they require a certain degree of autonomy or support from parents.

YouTube or associations

If the child is independent, he can also use other digital resources which are free: courses posted on YouTube by teachers, some of whom have become real stars, like the mathematician Yvan Monka ( 1); content from, the public audiovisual educational platform, which helps to deepen knowledge level by level; or a site like, which allows pupils and students who do not know each other to help each other.

There is also, more classically, homework help provided by voluntary associations, in social centers for example, and measures specific to National Education, such as Homework, a study supervised by teachers or education in colleges. A device that the ministry intends to expand with remote assistance, on phone, tablet or computer, which will allow teachers in the disciplines concerned to answer questions from students doing their homework.

Before opting for this or that formula, it is necessary to wonder about the possible budget to be devoted to educational support and especially to clearly identify the needs of his child: if he does not need help in matters in particular but presents a general lack of motivation, the solution may be to consult a psychologist or a school coach. Or to allow him to do his homework in a collective setting, with the presence of a competent adult who can help him, as some school support organizations now offer.


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