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Does my Child Need a Tutor?

Whether or not your child needs a tutor depends on the subject, whether or not your child is having trouble with the subject...
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Does my Child Need a Tutor?
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Deciding whether or not your child needs a private tutor depends on more than just grades and test scores. It also depends on what you hope for him or her to achieve and the level of understanding you want him or her to have of his schoolwork. Today’s parents often want their children to do more than score high on tests. They want them to have an in-depth understanding of the material, logical thinking skills, and an enjoyment of learning. If you want any of these things for your child and you feel that outside help may be useful, obtaining a tutor is a good option.

It is wise to consider securing a tutor for your child if his or her grades and test scores are beginning to drop. Sometimes, just a little extra help from a tutor is all a child needs to recover falling scores. Likewise, a tutor may be helpful when homework assignments become increasingly difficult or time consuming and parents feel unable to provide adequate help. A tutor may also be helpful if your child is suffering from low self-esteem or becoming rebellious towards schoolwork. The building of skills and focused attention may help him to gain self-confidence and develop a can-do spirit.

Sometimes tutoring may be helpful for a child who is not struggling with schoolwork. Children who are advanced or gifted learners may become bored in traditional school settings. A tutor may be able to provide educational stimulation unavailable in the classroom setting. Tutoring may also be a good option for those interested in earning high scores on college admission tests or preparing for advanced coursework.

Tutoring is such a good option because of the personalized attention it affords the student. Instead of having to focus on the needs of 20 to 35 students at one a time, the tutor can concentrate on the abilities of the student in front of him. Also, the tutor doesn’t have to move forward, before the student is ready, in order to keep pace with rest of the class. He or she can spend as much time as necessary on the subjects the student finds difficult, while moving quickly through or skipping topics the child has already mastered. Tutors are available for just about every subject, from basic math and reading to advanced physics and beyond.

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About the author:

Mike developed his passion for education as a math instructor at Penn State University. He expanded his educational experience launching and running an Executive Education business - training over 100,000 students per year. As the CEO of Learner, Mike focuses on accelerating learning and unleashing the potential of students. 

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