With a new school year comes the question that most parents will think of at least once during their child’s education. Does my child need tutoring? Perhaps you’ve tried to help, but even with your extra help and guidance, you haven’t seen the progress you’d hoped for. Sometimes the need for a tutor is obvious. Your child’s grades have plummeted, or his teacher recommends that the family seek additional help. Qualified tutors can make a difference in a wide range of educational situations. Sometimes students need help to succeed on standardized exams or to fill in gaps that classroom teachers don’t cover during limited school hours.

Where do you look?

Ask your the school guidance center for recommendations. Many times there are teachers who provide additional tutoring services after hours. It is important to know what you need, then thoroughly investigate the skill, experience and personality of the tutor.

Keep in mind the following:

  1. Know the end goals
  2. Know your options.
  3. Don’t be afraid to change your mind, change the course, or change the tutor
  4. Partner for results.
Great tutors have the adaptability to change to each child’s best type of learning, the energy and enthusiasm to engage the child, an open line of communication and respect for the child as well as the parents. The school year can be tough. A tutor can make all the difference when the child and the parents are experiencing frustration. Sometimes the aid of a neutral party is exactly what is needed to turn things around.



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