Is your child struggling in school? Does your child often hate participating in class because he or she can’t read as well the others in the class? Is your child a year or more behind in math or reading? If so, tutoring may be an option to help your child succeed.
Many parents are shocked when they realize that their child is behind in school. Thus begins a search for help. Tutoring is a great way to help improve your child’s grades, self-confidence, and overall academic achievement. There are many different types of tutoring available, some perhaps that you may not be aware of.
Online Tutoring: Many parents do not know that help is available on line for students. There are online tutoring companies that have paid teachers available to help students. The bulk of this type of tutoring is often done as homework help. Many public libraries throughout the country have partnered with a specific online tutoring company and are offering free links to the tutoring site through library websites. Many school systems are now trying this out also. Basically, if a student has a question over his or her homework assignment, in areas such as math, English, essay writing, science or social studies, he or she may click on the library link and log into a tutoring website. The student will then connect with a teacher who can help them with their homework. I want to specify that the teacher is not telling answers, but is discussing and explaining things to help the student in finding the answer. Many students utilize this type of tutoring because he or she can get one-on-one help, and can often have it explained in a different way then what the students’ teacher would do. Sometimes just having another teacher explain something can make it seem much more clear.
Private Tutoring: When I mention this type of tutoring, I am referring to hiring a tutor, and paying that tutor to meet with your child face-to-face and one-to-one. This type of tutor should be someone knowledgeable in the field your child needs extra help with. A private tutor should also be someone with an education degree, or a college student working on getting his or her degree in education. A private tutor should be available to come to your house, or to meet your child in a public library for a tutoring session. I strongly suggest asking for references and even transcripts from college, or a teaching license if you feel that is important. Private tutoring can be very beneficial because your child will be getting one-to-one assistance, which is so needed when trying to improve academics. Private tutors also set their own pay schedule, which often ranges from $20 an hour up to $50 an hour, it all depends on where you live. Your child should meet with the private tutor at least one to two hours a week to work on whatever subject the child is struggling with. I recommend calling your local school district to see if they can recommend some tutors, many school districts have lists available. You just need to call!
Tutoring Center: Taking your child to a tutoring center can be very beneficial to your child. Your child will undergo extensive testing which will place your child at the current grade level that he or she is working on. The center director will then recommend, should your child need it, how much tutoring your child needs at the center in hopes of having your child eventually work at or above his or her current grade level. Your child will receive assistance from a certified teacher, and will most likely need to go to the center one or two nights a week for one to two hours at a time. Each lesson is individualized to fit the student. The great thing about tutoring centers is that they have a proven curriculum and it really does work to help your child succeed. The downfall to tutoring centers is that they are very expensive and often times your child is recommended to be there for several hundred hours in order to achieve success. Tutoring centers are not for everyone, but they do get results. I have met many parents who are extremely happy with the results his or her children have shown by attending one of these centers.
As you can see, there are many options for getting your child the extra help he or she needs, should they need it. Please do your research and find a fit that works best for you and for your child. Tutoring can be a wonderful way to help improve your child’s academic success!