If you’re mulling it over, here are some questions to ask that may influence your decision of whether or not to hire a tutor.
Has tutoring been recommended?
Many parents come to tutoring based on advice from a teacher, guidance counsellor, child psychologist, or another educational professional who has worked closely with their child.
Is your child is struggling with homework?
If your son or daughter is having trouble completing homework and is struggling with the overall curriculum, extra help may be warranted.
Is your child reaching his or her potential?
While failing grades are a clear indication that a child needs help, tutoring is not just for remedial support: even children with strong marks may benefit from tutoring if they are not realizing their full academic potential.
Is your child shy or unhappy at school?
Sometimes kids avoid asking for help in school when they do not understand the material. Sometimes they lack confidence in group settings or are just a bit shy. A tutor can help explain and clarify concepts on a one-to-one basis in a comfortable environment. They can act as a role model to help boost self-esteem and provide positive learning associations.
Has your child been identified with a learning disability?
Extra support is commonly recommended for students identified with a learning disability. Tutoring can be helpful for academic performance but also in teaching strategies like time management and organization—which are useful skills even for students who do not have a learning disability.
Extra support is commonly recommended for students identiﬁed with a learning disability. Tutoring can be helpful for academic performance but also for teaching strategies like time management, organization, and exam preparation—useful skills even for students who do not have a learning disability.
Is your child a high achiever?
A less obvious reason for tutoring is that students want to work on enrichment. My colleagues and I often hear from parents who tell us their child is an academic superstar who loves to learn. In situations like this, the family wants to work ahead on material that will enhance student learning and keep their child engaged.
Has your child asked for a tutor?
In my opinion, the most successful tutoring takes place when the student wants extra help. If your son or daughter specifically asks for additional support or enrichment, it’s a sign they are motivated to succeed.