Many Georgia school children have received their very first report card of the school year and parents have probably been invited to attend a formal conference with the teacher. Some were told that their children were excelling in certain subjects, while others were told that their children may be struggling in a specific area. So what's a parent to do?
Finding the right tutor for your child can be a challenge within itself. Remember, tutors can benefit both high achievers and students who are weak in certain subjects. Some things to consider when choosing a tutor are: cost, time commitment, location and the tutor's area of expertise.
First and foremost, check with your child's school or district. You can often find information regarding tutoring though the school's Office of Student Services. Many schools have after-school tutoring sessions for small groups and they are usually grouped based on ability and subject matter. Cobb County Public Schools offer free tutoring sessions at several of their schools. You can also contact tutoring centers like Sylvan Learning Centers and C2Education. Sylvan also offers online courses through eSylvan. Sylvan and C2Education have several locations throughout the Metro Atlanta area. Last, but not least, parents can also look right in their own neighborhoods. Many high school students have to complete community service hours as a graduation requirement, so they may tutor for free. You can also tap into current and former teachers who want to make some extra money and don't forget about professionals within your community who also enjoy working with children.
Of course, there are positives and negatives to each of these choices for your child. You must determine which situation will be the best. If cost is an issue, you may need to try a student volunteer or take advantage of courses offered by the schools. If you need and are willing to pay for a more individualized plan by an experienced tutor, then try a private tutor who will guarantee results.
Whatever you decide, make sure that your child has an opportunity to experience success, is taught to their learning style, and enjoys the experience.