How to Know Your Child Needs a Tutor
No matter what reason you chose online school—scheduling flexibility, student safety, college prep, or something else—it offers something that in-person schooling cannot. Schools take pride in helping your students learn in the way that is best for them. But sometimes, they just get… stuck.
And if they do, it’s important to bring in a tutor. Somebody who has in-depth knowledge not only of whatever subject your student is having difficulty with, but who also knows how to implement effective study strategies that will address your student’s individual learning needs and provide the academic support that they need to get back on track.
But the question is – how to know your child needs a tutor? And what are your options?
When deciding if your child needs tutoring services, here is what to look for:
1. It’s obvious your child needs extra help in school.
Consistent underperformance is a strong signal. When grades are not matching up with your student’s potential, they are most likely struggling in school and need to start working with a tutor.
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2. Difficulty getting started on their work.
It may not be lack of motivation that is keeping your student from sitting down and getting their work done. They might be frustrated. They know they can do better too, but just don’t know how. And when they just aren’t getting it, it’s easier to put it off. Some extra academic support can help.
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3. A lack of organization.
If your child just can’t seem to get their schoolwork organized, it could be the symptom of a learning disability or executive functioning disorder. The extra help offered by a tutor can provide them with organizational and learning strategies that will help them deal with and overcome these challenges.
4. Low self-esteem.
Consistently struggling in school can take its toll on a student’s confidence. But with a little extra help, your child can start to understand the concepts that they are being taught and see improvement in their grades. It’s amazing how quickly you can see a turnaround, not only in grades, but in how your student feels about themselves.
5. A loss of interest in their studies.
Sometimes, when a student isn’t fully grasping the concepts that they are being taught, it’s easier to just give up than to redouble their efforts. Tutoring services will give them a little extra attention, and can help your student refocus and start to absorb the material.
6. You take on more responsibilities outside of the home.
Life happens. And while your child’s tutor makes every effort to be there for your student, sometimes your student just needs a little bit more than they can provide. Using a tutor to take on some of your load can not only provide extra academic support, but can also help you become more effective.
How Tutors Can Help
If you notice that your student is struggling, talk to their teachers to see what kind of tutoring options are available. Online school was designed to accommodate different learning styles; to be flexible and allow each student to learn in the way that is best for them. When your student struggles, there are options to give your student the bit of extra space and time that they need to get back on track with their studies. And hiring a tutor can help.
When looking for a tutor, you have options – depending on your student’s needs, hiring an outside tutor can be a good option. You could hire local certified teachers, nearby college students, professional tutors via online services, or simply pay for an on-demand, online tutoring service. Keep in mind there are certain things that you should look out for before hiring a tutor:
Your child won’t always tell you when they need help in school. Stay attentive and pay attention to their behavior and what they tell you. Doing so can help you get a better understanding of when they are struggling at school and may need a little extra help.
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