It can be difficult to come to the conclusion your child needs tutoring. There can be a lot of signals, but this is not always the case. Tudor Tutoring has put together the six most common signals students exhibit when they need tutoring. Please keep in mind that every child is different and that signals in one child may not be present in another.
In our experience, the most common indicators your child needs tutoring include:
1. Your child’s teacher tells you that your child might benefit from some extra academic help, and might recommend that you look into getting a tutor. There are a lot of things to take into consideration when faced with this recommendation: online or in person tutoring, price ranges, the subjects the tutor has majored in and tutoring agency or individual tutor are just some examples.
2. Your child seems bored with school and their schoolwork. Not all tutoring is remedial. Some students can be disinterested in their everyday schoolwork because it does not challenge them enough. These students can benefit from more complicated work in subjects that are interesting to them to learn more.
3. You feel your child is falling behind in their schoolwork. Sometimes all it takes is a short absence for your child to feel they have fallen behind and cannot catch up. Online tutoring lessons can be the ideal solution. Online tutoring has the flexibility to be incorporated into even the busiest schedules. Depending on how much the student has fallen behind, a few hours a week can be enough to bring them back to their grade’s level.
4. Your child’s grades are lower than they previously were. While there are many reasons why this might be the case, one of the possible explanations is that the student has fallen behind. Some students have gaps in their education which can take a long time to be uncovered. Schoolwork is created to build on what has been taught before. If the student is missing a part of the requisite knowledge, they will not be able to keep up with the everyday lessons. One-on-one or group tutoring can be solutions to fill in these gaps.
5. Your child tells you they do not understand their lessons or asks for help. Everyone struggles with some lessons or subjects at some point in their education. Sometimes, parents are not able to help their child, and turn to a tutoring service to give their child the assistance they might need.
6.Your child spends a lot of time studying without desired results. This could be due to a misunderstanding or lack of certain study skills. Tutoring can be used to teach different learning styles while also providing support with a more difficult subject. Studying strategies are not “one size fits all”. Different people will find that some strategies work well, while others do not. Our tutors work with a student to help figure out which learning strategy is best for the individual student.
It is important to remember that all children are different, and that indicators in one child might not be indicators in another. You know your child best, and ultimately, it is up to you to decide whether you think they could benefit from one-on-one or group lessons with a tutor, or if their lower grades or other indicators are simply small blips in their education that your child can overcome on their own.