It’s a little over a month into the school year. Homework is rolling in, tests and assignments are creeping up, and routines are being set. As the parent, you are doing everything possible to stay on top of your child’s learning: making sure they use their agendas, setting specific time for homework, and communicating with the teacher regularly. But what if these things don’t seem to be helping? What if your child’s grades just aren’t what you (and they) want them to be?
The following is a list to help you determine if your child may need the added help of a tutor.
Your child may need tutoring if:
- Homework and assignments are not finished after reasonable amounts of time
- Your child tries to hide homework that is due, or lies about having completed it
- Your child has a negative attitude towards their learning, saying things like “I’m too stupid” or “This is way too hard”
- Your child complains of not feeling well before going to school
- You notice negative behaviours around homework time (anger, arguing, tantrums, etc.)
- Your child has lost motivation to complete any schoolwork
- Your child shows no excitement or positive energy when talking about school
- Teacher comments in conversation or on report cards that suggest your child is not reaching their full potential
- Poor grades
Getting your child the extra help he/she needs early in the school year allows them the opportunity to change the way they learn, change bad habits, change their attitude, and ultimately, change their grades. Communicating to your child that asking for and receiving help does not show weakness, but instead, empowers individuals to succeed, can help encourage them to accept the help openly and get them on the right track sooner rather than later.
If you have utilized tutoring services for your child in the past, tell us your story! How did you know it was time to get your child extra help? What positive changes did you see in your child’s attitude and grades once they were receiving help from a tutor?
Oxford Learning provides supplemental education services across North America. It offers programs for young people from preschool through university, and its cognitive approach goes beyond tutoring to ignite a lifelong love of learning. Find out more at http://www.oxfordlearning.com.