School will be coming to an end in just a few short months for most students. However, it is possible that you or your child’s teacher has recognized the need for a summer tutor. Other than helping your child academically, tutoring can, according to Oxford Learning, improve your child’s attitude toward school, encourage self-paced and self-directed learning, improve study habits, raise self-esteem and confidence, help overcome learning obstacles, and increase your child’s ability to manage their learning. Tutoring can be a very positive experience for your child as long as you understand the process and know how to choose the tutoring option that’s best for you and your child.
Know the Signs
Incomplete assignments, low grades, and low confidence are just a few of the signs to watch out for. Most parents have to remind their child to complete their homework or assignments, but according to Brain Balance Centers, your child may be avoiding homework to avoid the unpleasant feelings it provokes. A tutor can help your child tackle obstacles and assignments, helping them to feel empowered and remove the negative stigma associated with schoolwork. It could be that your child is completing all of their assignments and studying hard, but their grades just don’t seem to match up with the work they are putting in. Tutors can help determine the reasons why your child is not comprehending the material or performing well, and assist them in finding ways to study and learn that are unique to them.
Although lack of interest in schoolwork and low grades are a big sign, a slip in self-confidence could also be a sign that your child could benefit from a tutor. Perhaps you have noticed that your child doubts their abilities in school or feels anxious about going to school. A tutor can assist your child with overcoming challenging concepts, and boost their ability to grasp confusing concepts, leading to a boost in your child’s confidence. Regardless of the reason for needing a summer tutor, there are a few qualities to consider when choosing the right tutor for your child.
What Makes a Good Tutor?
Just like there are certain characteristics you might look for when choosing a family doctor, there are certain characteristics to look for when choosing a tutor for your child. According to Edutopia, a successful tutor should build a strong, personal relationship with your child in order to personalize the learning, incorporate connections to your child’s interests, teach to your child’s strengths, and minimize your child’s weaknesses. Tutors should not only be connecting with your child, but with other important adults in their life. It is important for the tutor to be able to collaborate with parents, caregivers, and teachers to gain insight into the student’s life and map out a plan for success and accountability. Teachers are with your child in an academic setting for several hours a day, so they will be an excellent tool for the tutor to tap into to fully understand where your child is struggling and needs improvement.
It is important to also consider the qualifications of the tutor as well. Education Industry says the ideal tutor is a college graduate who holds a teaching certificate or has completed some form of tutor training program. An effective tutor will understand educational theory, instructional strategies, and remedial approaches. When interviewing potential tutors, consider asking them some of the following questions:
- How many years have you been a tutor?
- What are your qualifications?
- Do you have references?
- What supplies/materials do provide?
- What is the cost? Are there additional fees?
- How will you determine my child’s needs?
- What is your teaching philosophy?
- How will you communicate with my child’s teacher(s) and me?
Ultimately, it is important that both you and are your child are comfortable with the tutor you choose. Take your time, and do what is best for all parties involved to make your child’s tutoring experience one of success.
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