I believe in preparation, for sure, but a year+ in advance? Also, I'd be interested in knowing the success rate of those that had tutors vs those that didn't - I'm sure that it's been asked before!
I'm not saying tutoring is wrong at all, just wondering why people think that a tutor can connect with the child better than the parent can.
It's a lot of pressure for kids either way, the weight of expectation can be too much for young shoulders.
We only prepped for 8 weeks.
Had this discussion the other day. I am totally with you over not over prepping, but there are two points of contention
1. How much is too much? I have clear ideas on that and come down heavily on the not very much, but from the sept beforehand, but not in hols or weekends. Just my view and it varies, although I feel strongly that several hours per week is too much, but just m opinion
2. Prepping is still tutoring. Everywhere here you wil see the stand off between tutor vs non tutor. For some, a parent definitely better, and that's great. Fr others, myself included, tutoring myself caused rows and ructions that I wasn't prepared to expose either of us to (it's same with maths homework, just personalities). Absolutely great,a dn cheaper, if you can DIY but not for everyone, depends on both child and parent. However, and it's a big one, you DID tutor. Calling it prepping doesn't change that, and the act that you only did 8 weeks is great and yes, maybe that's all we all need, but it IS tutoring. Most tutors,well certainly ours, covers gaps in knowledge and practises things they don't do at school like nvr practise. Surely this must have been the sort of thing you did? I'll never know if we did too long, I guess there was a measure of pressure to begin with time to space. However (again), it did mean, for us, that the work pattern was much easy to cover what we needed to, than if we'd shortened it. This in turn meant that the pressure was much relieved, much like ten minutes practise per day for their music is better than cramming three weeks before the exam, which in our case we would have had to do.
So in summary, you could never compare those with tutors vs those without, as we all tutor. But you could maybe compare DIY tutored with prof tutor, and might well find similar result.