Tutoring is definitely an investment, in terms of both time and money. If you are considering tutoring, ask yourself:
1. Is my child struggling? If your child is struggling with any aspect of the curriculum, it's probably time to get some help.
2. Is my child not reaching his/her potential? Tutoring is not just for struggling children. Even children with good grades may not be reaching their full academic potential.
3. Is my child asking for help? If your child is asking for help, this is a sign that he/she is motivated to learn.
4. Is my child shy or self-conscious? Does he/she have low self-esteem? A tutor can help build your child's confidence and self-esteem so that your child can be confident in group settings and ask for help without feeling he/she will be judged or ridiculed by his/her peers. Shy and self-conscious children will often suffer academically because they withdraw. What may appear to be an academic issue may actually be a self-esteem issue.
5. Is my child eager to learn more? In this case, a tutor can help the child work ahead in order to enhance learning and keep your child engaged.
6. Does my child have a learning disability? Extra support can not only be helpful to improve academic performance, but it also can help teach other necessary skills like test/exam preparation, time management, and organization.
7. Is my child consistently confused? Often children underperform because they simply do not understand the homework. Sometimes the pace at which a teacher moves through a subject can be a problem for a child. Children do not learn the same way, so, in this case, a tutor can help your child comprehend the material by teaching them the subject material the way the child learns.
8. Are commitments outside our home increasing? In this case, it may be impossible to maintain the same level of homework help. As your child ages, their school workload will increase. With subjects like math, which are cumulative (building upon earlier concepts and already mastered skills), this can be a problem. A tutor can help to ensure your child has learned all the fundamentals required to achieve good marks in their current grade level and successfully apply those fundamentals to the next grade level.
If you have answered yes to any of the above, hiring a tutor may be the answer.