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Does My Child Need a Tutor?

Expectations of students and the standards of learning are much different from what they were decades ago. As higher academic expectations are placed on students, parents may find they reach a point where they are no longer able to help their child with his or her homework.

As today’s school children work at higher academic levels, parents are coming to understand that children are learning concepts and skills in the middle school grades that were only introduced to high school children decades earlier. Many parents are turning to tutors. Tutors can help to equip and aid a child with the academic skills that he or she will need to succeed in school.

Tutoring is not just for those who are falling behind academically. Many parents hire tutors to help their child with advanced studies. Other reasons a parent may hire a tutor for their child is if the child is preparing for college testing, or if the child needs an added push or insight into a particular subject.

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Signs Your Child May Need a Tutor

  • Grades begin to slowly drop.
  • The child is showing frustration in a particular subject(s).
  • The child develops low self esteem and thinks negatively of himself or herself in regards to their school performance.
  • The teacher sends notes home asking you to assist the child with his or her homework.
  • The teacher recommends your child have the assistance of a tutor.
  • No matter how hard the child works, grades do not improve.
  • The child is becoming rebellious toward school work and loses interest in learning.
  • The child is an advanced learner, or a gifted student, and has bypassed the local school system.
  • A college a child wants to attend requires high scores on college tests.

The Benefits of a Tutor

  • Tutors are able to give the child the individual attention that he or she needs. This is important because the tutor may readily identify what problem areas a child may have more quickly than a teacher--who has to assist 25-30 students each day.
  • It is easier for some children to take instruction and correction from someone they do not have emotional ties with.
  • Tutors have the education and experience to help a child with their academic work.
  • Tutors can be hired who have the background a child needs for a particular subject. An example could be of a child who is struggling with a foreign language such as French. This child can greatly benefit from working with a tutor whose first language is French.

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