If a child is struggling in a particular subject or concept in school, it can be a great detriment to his or her entire learning experience. Tutoring is a great way to ensure a student receives the attention he or she deserves in order to achieve a better understanding of the material being taught, or to develop better studying habits, or time management and organizational skills. But finding an appropriate tutor to match a child’s needs can sometimes be a daunting task.
Numerous tutoring options (Sylvan, Princeton, Frog Tutoring, LearningRx, and many more) exist for primary and secondary school students in a wide variety of subjects. Parents can reach out to community centers or learning facilities—even public schools enlist the services of tutors either within their own faculty or through a third party service. Here are a few factors to consider when searching for a good match:
- Does the service/tutor provide additional care for learning disabled students?
- Is the service/tutor familiar with ESL (English as a second language) learners?
- Will the service/tutor work alongside the school or teacher to ensure completion of homework assignments, research, and essays?
(Make your own list of criteria that are important to you: flexible scheduling, price, the tutor’s experience, etc. Almost all tutoring services provide lists like this on their website for you to browse.)
There’s also the consideration of chemistry on a personal level—does the tutor work well with child and are they able to get along and reach a mutual understanding? In some cases, the tutoring style may seem off-putting for the tutee, or there is a miscommunication between the two; in either case, the sessions can quickly devolve into an utter waste of time, money, and effort.
Finding the right match may take some time, but it’s worth it in the long run. In many cases, the relationship between the child and the tutor will grow healthily, which allows for more effective sessions, and the increased likelihood that grades and test scores will go up as well.