Does My Child need a tutor?

Most of the time, parents worry if their child does not do well in school.  Sometimes, he or she may need extra tutoring in order to keep up with school work. How do you know if your child needs a tutor?  You should look out for these signs to decide if your child needs a tutor to help in his or her studies.

1. You child has poor grades

In a case where you realize your child is not doing as well as he or she used to in school or you strongly belief that he or she is not performing at full capacity, you should have a discussion with his teachers in school. The teachers would be in a good position to identify his weaknesses and explain whether one on one tutoring sessions would be required

2. You and your child are facing time management challenges

If you notice that your child spends too much time on unproductive activities e.g. playing video games, watching TV, etc. It may be a sign that they are not spending enough time on school work. If you let it slip, it will get to a stage where your child could be postponing school work or totally not doing any homework. Check their school and homework regularly to see if they are doing it and most importantly if they getting the right answer. If you can’t do this every day, then hiring a tutor help your child to direct their time back to school work.

3. You child lacks confidence

If you feel that your child lacks the confidence and gives up easily when it comes to completing school assignments or homework, then there is a sign that he or she finds the work too difficult.  The problem gets worse when agitation or despair appears to be reoccurring or permanent. Most kids tend to hide or ignore these feelings and as a parent you should try to identify them and help them. A tutor’s support and guidance might just help your child to get back on track.

4. Lack of Parental supervision

Working parents have tight demanding schedules and most of the times find it challenging to schedule time to assist their children in their schoolwork. Sometimes, parents are not familiar with what is taught in schools. If you feel that you are in this situation, then it is perhaps time to hire a tutor. An experienced tutor who is familiar with the school’s curriculum will be able to point your child in the right direction.

5. Your child has learning disabilities

Children with learning disorders e.g. dyslexia, dysgraphia, auditory processing disorder (APD) may require the help of professional tutors in guiding them. The disorder can interfere with learning basic skills such as reading, writing and higher level skills like abstract reasoning and time planning. Hiring a specialized tutor, trained to convey information in a way that is easier for these categories of children to comprehend, could be the solution to your child’s needs.