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7 Questions To Ask When Deciding If You Should Hire A Tutor For Your Child

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Whether your child is looking to boost his or her confidence or improve class marks, there are many reasons to hire a tutor.

However, many parents are unsure when it’s time to start looking for a tutor for their child. Parents often have a tough time recognizing when their child may be struggling in class or falling behind.

To help parents gain some clarity, we’ve compiled a list of questions to ask when deciding if your child needs tutoring.

  1. Are my child’s grades slipping?
  2. If your child’s grades are starting to falter, it’s a good idea to have him or her see a tutor. A tutor can help pinpoint why your child’s grades are slipping and can work with him or her to bring them back up.

  3. Can my child’s confidence in school be improved?
  4. Every student goes through short-term phases of self-doubt when faced with new material. However, if your child’s confidence has been falling over a long period of time, consider hiring a tutor. Tutors are specially trained to help students improve confidence by helping set and achieve realistic learning goals.

  5. Does he or she avoid school?
  6. Students who are falling behind in class often don’t want to go to school because they feel embarrassed or frustrated. They are no longer excited about learning and instead feel intimidated and discouraged by class material. Tutoring can help bring your child back up to speed so he or she can start enjoying school again.

  7. Does my child get anxious about assignments and tests?
  8. Every student feels nervous about tests and assignments at some point. Issues arise when your child is nervous because he or she is unprepared or if nerves interfere with performance.

    If your child feels unprepared and is unable to cope with testing anxiety, tutors can help. Tutors help students build skills and comprehension to ensure your child feels confident in the material being tested, instead of worried and anxious.

  9. Does my child seem like he or she has a learning difficulty?
  10. Tutors offer personalized support for students with learning difficulties—including things like communication challenges and difficulty concentrating. Tutors can help identify where these difficulties are coming from and create strategies to tackle them.

  11. Does my child seem behind?
  12. If you notice your child staying up late to study or meet a deadline, it could mean he or she is falling behind in school. Having a tutor dedicated to helping your child build better time management skills and catch up on material is a great way to get him or her back on track.

  13. Is there a specific subject area my child needs extra help with?
  14. Tutors can monitor how your child is performing in certain subjects and see if he or she struggles with a particular subject. Enrolling in a tutoring program can help address a specific problem subject by building both comprehension and confidence.

    Whether it’s math, English, or science, tutors can help students achieve the grades they’re aiming for.

  15. How To Find The Right Tutor For Your Child
  16. No two children learn the same way. That’s why it’s important to find a tutoring program that is customized to your child’s specific needs (and learning strengths).

    When meeting with different tutors, it’s helpful to know what type of learner your child is, what your child struggling with, and what his or her goals are. The more open and honest you are in these initial meetings, the more likely you will find a good fit.

    Looking for a specialized tutoring program? GradePower Learning is here to help. Browse through our tutoring programs and discover which program works best with your child.

    More Resources

    13 Signs Your Child Needs A Tutor
    The Benefits Of Tutoring: How Tutoring Helps
    Why Smart Kids Get Bad Grades

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