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Does My Child Need a Tutor?

Today’s stringent state standards are much different from what they were when we were growing up. Parents find themselves struggling to assist their children with homework as the academic content gets increasingly difficult in order to prepare students for 21st century workplaces.

If you’re anything like many adults that I speak to, fractions and decimals in math and writing the basic paragraph in writing are about the “ceiling” of what they can handle assisting with. Algebra, ratios, geometry and complex trigonometry might as well be written in Swahili for all the good most parents are at helping in those areas.

Even if you are an expert, whether self-declared or an actual authority in the academic content area, most parents will agree that their own children simply don’t listen to them. Every parent has surely experienced difficulty helping the student, who only gets frustrated that Mom or Dad, “…isn’t doing it the right way” or expressed “that’s not the way the teacher taught us”. For most parents, it is worth the money to avoid the arguments and frustration of trying to help our own children with school work.

In light of all this, the answer to many parents’ prayers is a tutor. A qualified tutor can help a student with the academic skills that he or she will need to succeed in school. However, tutoring is not just for those who are falling behind academically.┬áTutors are also available to assist children in specialized academic areas, such as foreign languages and higher-level math that “ordinary parents” can’t understand.

Your Child May Need a Tutor if:

  • Grades begin to drop.
  • The child is getting frustrated with a particular subject(s).
  • The child is showing signs of low self esteem
  • The child thinks negatively of himself or herself in regards to school performance.
  • The teacher sends notes home asking you to assist the child with his or her homework.
  • Grades do not improve even with extra help from parents or extra studying.
  • The child is losing interest in learning.

The Benefits of a Tutor

  • Individual attention
  • Ability to identify what problem areas a child may have easily and quickly
  • Education and experience to help children with academic work
  • Assist a child with increasing self-esteem
  • Becomes a trusted confidant for a child – not just a teacher
  • Is able to speak to the child’s teacher as a peer professional


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