How to Know if Your Child Needs Tutoring

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It is always a hard decision as to whether or not your child needs tutoring.  Sometimes it is hard to admit that your child is struggling.  Last year he was a straight A student and this year he  has a C in one class.  Many things change each year and throughout the year.  Did the child have a major life event to deal with such as a new baby at home, divorce, a death in the family, or moving to a new place.  Is something going on in school?  Or is the material just getting harder?  Tutoring can also be a finanical burden.  Tutoring can get expensive.  It can also limit other children in the family.  If you have to drive one child to tutoring and one child to soccer practice at the same time it cab be hard on the children if one is always late.  However, if your child is struggling in school it is always a good idea to provide extra help.

If your child has already gone to extra help in school, tried peer tutoring, and received homework assistance at home, you should look into tutoring.  Tutoring is not necessarily a permanent requirement for your child.  If the child receives tutoring before he or she has fallen too far behind, it might only take a month or two to catch up.  Beginning tutoring early is always recommended.  It can give your child the confidence he or she needs to more actively participate in class.  It can also help relieve some anxiety about the tests if the student feels that he or she is fully prepared.

Here’s a list of some benefits of tutoring:

  • Higher grades.
  • Better understanding of the material.
  • Less fighting about doing homework.
  • More time for extracurricular activities.
  • More self-confidence.
  • Higher self-esteem.
  • An additional advocate for your child.
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