Many clients often ask when is the right time to get a tutor for their child. The right answer varies, depending on the child, but don’t wait until bad grades show up on a report card. Now is the right time if your child is experiencing any of the following:

1. Low Scores on Class Assignments, Quizzes, & Tests

School grades tend to be cumulative or averaged. This means that grades earned early on weigh just as heavily as grades earned now. The sooner your child gets the help they need, the more likely their grades will improve.

Check with your child’s school to see if they offer a site to track your child’s grades. Many schools offer 24-hour access to student scores through an online website. This can be a great tool for parents to catch poor performance before it gets out of hand. Many websites also offer a venue for chatting with your child’s teacher electronically! If your child’s school doesn’t provide this, try using this grade tracking tool to help your child monitor their class grade.

2. A History of Struggling with a Specific Subject

Your child may need help with previously learned concepts before they will be able to experience success in a current class. For example, math concepts tend to be cumulative.  This means that students are expected to remember and understand concepts learned in previous grades to be successful on current school year tasks.

3. “I Can’t Do Math”

Has your child ever demonstrated doubt when it comes to their ability to do well in school? If the answer is yes, tutoring can provide him/her with strategies to increase understanding and improve grades. These strategies will improve your child’s confidence and help them start the school year on a good foot.

4. A Belief in a Math Gene

Many children benefit from learning about how the brain works. It is important that your child believes he/she can learn math and be good at it. There are many great resources available to help children understand the brain and how we learn.

If you are interested in strategies to help your child learn about how the brain works, check out the strategies listed in the post, 5 Brain Strategies for Learning Every Parent Should Know.

5. Teen is a Junior or Senior in High School

Many juniors and seniors will be taking the SAT and ACT during the school year. Help them to start preparing now by working with a tutor to create a study plan. Students find it difficult to squeeze test prep. in during the school year on top of their classes and extracurricular activities. A tutor can help the student identify the key concepts that need studied and create a study plan that will fit within the student’s current schedule.

In addition to creating a schedule, many topics covered on these exams were learned years ago and haven’t been used recently. Every child will benefit from refreshing previously learned skills prior to taking the SAT and ACT.

6. “I’m Bored”

Does your child complain that class is boring? Tutoring isn’t just to help students catch up. Many students use tutoring to get ahead and explore interesting topics in more depth.

7. Struggle with Problem Solving

The school year is crowded with so much information that many important skills are sometimes given less than adequate time for learning and understanding. The newly adopted Common Core State Standards include the Standards for Mathematical Practice, which are sometimes overlooked. Tutoring is an excellent time to learn and practice these problem-solving strategies.

8. Child is Transitioning Between Schools

Transitions from elementary to middle school and middle to high school can be extremely difficult for students. In addition to learning a new school and making new friends, students most likely will be learning a new set of expectations while also learning content.  All of this can have a dramatic effect on grades and understanding. Tutoring can be used to support your child with content and strategies to implement during the transition.

9. Disorganized Backpack & Locker

If your child appears disorganized (loose papers, unable to find important items, doesn’t turn in homework, etc.), their grades may be affected. Although organization is a key skill to success in school, it is not always explicitly taught. Many students’ grades will improve with coaching on organization alone. If you are interested in helping your child with organization, a great tool for students is Evernote.

10. Child Doesn’t Want to Go to School

Avoidance is a coping mechanism for many students. It is easier to avoid a difficult situation than to admit they need help. Perpetual failure isn’t fun and can be very stressful for a child.

Please contact us to discuss tutoring options and if they will benefit your child. We currently offer in person and online tutoring. I would be happy to answer any of your questions.

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Angela Culley
10 Signs that Your Child May Need a Tutor
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6 thoughts on “10 Signs that Your Child May Need a Tutor

  • October 9, 2019 at 3:51 am

    I think Mathematics is subject based on practice. those who can practice regularly he/she will gain in mathematics.

    Thanks for your information.

  • January 28, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    My sister and her family will be relocating to a new area this summer. She’s worried that her children might fall behind in things like math and science. You make a great point about how if your child is in between schools, it might be a good idea to get a math tutor. Because of this, she’ll probably want to find a good tutor to help them with their math.

  • October 30, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Spot on with this write-up, I honestly think this amazing site needs a great deal more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read through more, thanks for the information!

  • February 6, 2018 at 5:57 am

    This article is pretty helpful for those parents who need to understand what are the requirements of their child. These signs can be a serious concern for the child. You must tackle these obstacles with proper planning and with the help of professionals in the field.

    Good Job Angela !!

  • July 28, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    I think my son really needs a tutor. He doesn’t believe he can learn math at all, and thinks his brain just doesn’t work that way. I’ll try to show him how the brain works, and I think having a tutor to help him learn could also show him that his brain works fine.

  • March 15, 2017 at 10:29 am

    That’s a good point you make about how, if your child has ever demonstrated doubt when it comes to their ability to do well in a subject in school, they may need a tutor. I’ve heard that more than 75% of those that get a tutor to help them with math report higher grades on tests within just 2 weeks of studying with the tutor. I’ll have to keep this information in mind and check in with my son to make sure he’s not in any need of a tutor to help him do better.

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