Deciding whether your child needs a tutor can be difficult. Student needs are varied and unique, ranging from subject-related issues to emotional concerns. Hiring a tutor can make the difference between frustration and success for a child so recognizing the need for a tutor is extremely important. Several different signs indicate that a child would benefit from the support services provided by a tutor.
Missing Assignments or School
When students struggle to complete assignments, they fail to complete and turn in the work. They fall behind, trying to complete not only current but also overdue assignments. A student can become overwhelmed and just stop trying. Missing assignments can snowball into avoiding the consequences by avoiding school. Research confirms that when students miss school frequently, their performance worsens. Falling behind in homework and missing school is a downward spiral that is very hard to correct. Tutoring intervention can help a student develop skills to organize time and materials allowing them to get caught up and stay caught up. Easing the anxiety of missing assignments opens the door to improved attendance.
Hire a Tutor If There Is a Decline in Grades
Students receive a variety of reports—grades on homework, quizzes, tests, and report cards. An occasional low grade is likely not cause for concern, but a pattern of low grades is a sign that the student is struggling. A tutor can review the reports to understand academic needs and develop a plan to improve performance and grades.
Subject Specific Issues
A student may do well in some subjects but not others. Math is one of the most frequent subjects for which families seek tutoring. Other subjects commonly requested for tutoring are science, English, and languages. In specialty fields, it is especially important to assure that the tutor has the proper credentials for the subject.
Some students struggle in all subjects. A tutor who is experienced at addressing learning disabilities, whether simple or severe, will help to determine a child’s unique learning style and provide coaching in academic skills. When overall learning is below grade level, a tutor will work with the student on core subject areas, including reading, writing, math, science, and social studies as well as organizational and study skills.
The classroom teacher may be the first to alert parents that a student would benefit from tutoring. A note or phone call from the school is a straightforward indication that a student needs additional help. Teachers can pinpoint areas where a student needs help and can provide information that will help to diagnose learning disabilities.
School closures due to COVID-19 have resulted in learning loss. The amount of loss is uncertain but will become more clear as the school year resumes. If students struggle with the demands of readjusting to in-person school, hybrid learning, or online learning, along with making up for lost time, a tutor can provide additional support and extend learning time beyond the classroom.
Loss of Confidence
The need for tutoring is not limited to students who are working below grade level. Parents may notice signs of struggle in high-achieving students as well. High performers may experience anxiety, perfectionism, and self-doubt. Perhaps a student self-selects an extremely challenging class and needs assistance to master the subject matter. One-on-one tutoring can help students regain lost confidence and regain a positive outlook.
Learn More About Hiring a Tutor
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