• Samantha Bohannon

How to Know WHEN to You Need a Tutor For Your Child

Does your child struggle with school? Have you thought about getting a tutor for your child? How do you know when is the right time to find someone? How do you know when you need a tutor for your child?

If your child is struggling in school, you have no doubt thought about ways you could help them. You may have done research, found online resources, and even bought resources from a store or online. So what if your child still isn't getting it?

Whether you teach your child at home or they attend a school, sometimes a student just needs a little more help. A professional tutor can provide that instruction to your student that will finally help them to understand the concept or idea they have been struggling with. A tutor could be the answer you have been looking for. So, how do you know WHEN you need a tutor?

1. Your child's teacher suggests they need extra help.

If your child's teacher discusses a need for a tutor or extra help in a particular subject, you know it is time to get your child a tutor. If you are an expert in the subject area, I would suggest that you try to teach them first; however, if you are not an expert, I suggest finding one. This will make sure that your child is getting the practice they need from someone who is prepared, knowledgeable, and can help with any questions or problems your child may have as they work through the content. A professional tutor will also have experience working with children with the same problem and know how to quickly diagnose the issues your child is facing. From there, they will be able to use their prior knowledge to create a solid learning plan for your child.

2. You are a homeschool parent and are not comfortable with the content.

All parents are superheroes, but homeschool parents take on so much responsibility. It shows great strength to know when to outsource some of that. When your child is working on a task, lesson, or content area that you are not strong in, it is a good idea to hire a tutor. That is not to say you should hire a tutor for EVERY subject, just those that you are weak in. Many parents find that they struggle with upper level math and reading and need to hire a tutor to help their children understand math and literacy.

3. Your child is struggling, you have been working with them at home, but there are little to no improvements.

Perhaps you tried to work with your child in a subject. You printed off materials, you are doing everything the teachers recommend, you are working every single night with your child, but they still do not seem to understand. First of all, please do not stop or give up! This is very important! Second, it may be time to hire a professional tutor to be another set of eyes and help your child get where they need to be. Some children need help outside of the classroom, but struggle to understand when their parents are teaching them (my kids do not learn well from me, but do from others--it's just a thing). A professional tutor can take a look, diagnose the problems, use data from you and the teacher, and provide specialized, and individualized instruction to your child in their area of expertise.

If you think your child needs a tutor, please don't wait!

The testing that schools, doctors, and psychologists complete can take months. That is months that your child will fall farther and farther behind. The biggest problem we can see is that parents wait too long to get their child a tutor because waiting means that your child will have to work that much harder and that much longer to get caught up. Once you have a suspicion that your child is struggling, or may need extra help, it is a good idea to start the process of finding a tutor. This ensures that your child gets a tutor at the right time to help them close the gaps they have and move forward with learning instead of falling behind the rest of their class.

Ultimately, the decision to get a tutor is not an easy one to make. There are many more scenarios than those above that you may fit into. Most people spend a while contemplating and planning for a tutor. If you are interested in getting a tutor for your child, but unsure if it is right for you, I can tell you that tutors are right for every student. Every student (even gifted students) can benefit from one-on-one instruction from a professional tutor. If you still have doubts, concerns, or just want someone to talk it through with, please contact me below. If you are one of the 3 parents I listed above AND you need a reading or writing tutor for a student in grades 2-10, you can register your student here or contact me below.

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