school related reasons why children and teens need tutors

This is post #2 in the series: Why do you need a tutor?



School-related reasons why children and teens need tutors:

  • Parents may want their children to have some good “reading readiness” skills before their child starts school.  They may also want to get some advice for themselves on how they can prepare their child for the challenges of school – academic, social, and more.
  • Students may be doing well in school generally, but have one subject area that they struggle with.
  • Students may be struggling with almost all school subjects, and need some one-on-one help to improve their study skills, catch up in areas in which they are behind, and become more motivated to learn.
  • The classroom environment is overwhelming for some children.  They thrive better in a quiet, focused, one-on-one situation.
  • Tutors, in working with a child one-on-one, are often able to analyze learning needs and provide individualized solutions that may be difficult for the busy classroom teacher or parents to provide.
  • Some children have physical or mental health issues which result in them missing a lot of school, or not being able to focus well in the classroom
  • Some students are getting behind in school because they are distracted by home issues, loss, or other problems
  • Students have special needs that the classroom teacher does not have sufficient time to meet in the school room situation
  • Some students are terrified of tests and exams.  These may be anything from “pop quizzes,” to unit tests, mid-terms, final exams, and even province (or state/country) wide exams that are used to determine learning success across the region.  A tutor can help a student with the necessary skills for test-taking, and give encouragement and motivation.
  • Some students with various kinds of special needs are allowed to have a helper come with them for exams, to read questions to the student, write answers the student dictates, etc.  A tutor who has been helping a student and understands the student’s special needs can be the ideal helper in these situations (if the school agrees).
  • Gifted students need extra challenge beyond the usual classroom curriculum; or even need a tutor to teach them subject matter at a higher level than their class or school offers
  • Frustrations between teachers and students that are holding back learning
  • Students have had difficulty during the school year, and would benefit more from one-on-one tutoring in the summer than from regular summer school classes, in order to be ready for the next school year
  • Children may have strong interest in, or show talent for, areas which are not adequately covered in the school system.  This could include music, sports, dance, art, particular areas of science, hobbies, and so on.
  • Students who have not completed grade 12, or those who have but wish to go to American or international colleges, may need help preparing for PSAT, SAT, subject-specific SATs, or GED.
  • Some parents may feel under pressure to provide homework answers or do projects for their children, or simply doesn’t know the subject matter.  A tutor is trained to help students learn, and to guide them to find their own answers and complete their own projects on homework assignments. 
  • Parent work hours and responsibilities may make it difficult to meet with the child’s teacher on a regular basis, or the parents may not understand the teacher’s instructions.  Tutors, as trained educators themselves, are qualified and happy to work together with the child’s teacher and other education-related professionals to provide the exact type of help that is needed.  They will be able to focus on the child’s assignments in the context in which they have been assigned.
  • A child may have learning styles that are not often met in the classroom situation.  A tutor can determine and use those particular styles to help the individual child learn more easily and efficiently.
  • A student may move from one school to another, or even from one district or province (or state) to another.  Schools often do differ quite a lot, even within the same city or district, and a student may find themselves ahead or behind, or even facing courses they did not take at their previous school.  A tutor can help with the transition.
  • Parents may wish to send their children to a  school that emphasizes special programs such as strong academics, sports, fine arts, or technical programs, but may be concerned that their child may lack some of the basics needed for entrance to the school.
  • Students moving upwards from elementary to middle school, from middle school to high school, or from high school to college, are going to face new challenges in many areas – academic challenges, social expectations, different classroom sizes and environments, different scheduling systems, and more.  A tutor can often help prepare a student for the change through making sure the learner has the basic knowledge and skills required for new courses; checking out the particular school and preparing the child for the new situation; and so on.
  • Many colleges and universities now require the prospective students to take entrance examinations, in addition to requiring their school credits, possibly SAT scores, and other information.  A tutor can help the student study and prepare for the entrance examinations, and may also help the student prepare a portfolio or other entrance requirements.  Schools do generally provide this help, but a student may have specialized requirements, or may later change his or her mind about what higher education course or institution to attend, or requirements may even change.

Does your child face any of these situations?  If so, you would do well to find a tutor who is qualified to help with your child’s particular needs.  Coming up soon, we will discuss how to choose the best tutor for your child. 

Meanwhile, in the rest of this series on “Why do you need a tutor?” we will look at reasons why college and university students, adults in general, and home school students also need tutors, and the different kinds of tutors available.  Keep tuned!

Question:  Do you have reasons you need a tutor for you child that we haven’t covered here?  Be sure to mention them in the comments, and we will try to address those needs as well in upcoming posts.

And… if you live in the Penticton BC area and are looking for a tutor, or want to ask questions about tutoring, check out my tutoring information.

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