A must read for every parent with school kids.
Kids these days have a lot of on their plates. With school, extra-curricular activities, sports, and other commitments, staying on top of their grades can often be a source of stress.
As families seek to find ways to make these obligations less overwhelming for their children (and themselves) private tutors are often a go-to solution to assist their children in mastering academic concepts, boosting confidence and creating a convenient way to give their children the extra support they may need.
If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not a private tutor is right for your family, here’s nine great reasons you may want to hire one soon:
Because Your Kids are Struggling: One of the most obvious and common reasons families hire a private tutor is due to receiving reports of poor grades on tests and class assignments. Unfortunately, however, many families wait until their children are severely behind (sometimes grade levels) before they consider hiring a professional to help them.
If your child is getting low marks on their tests and report cards, it may be time to reach out to a private tutor who can help get them back on track before they fall further behind.
Because They’re Actually Doing Well: As a private tutor, I’ve noticed that the families who hire me usually fall into two categories: those who’ve waited for their children to start failing to get academic support and those who want to make sure they don’t.
For some reason, many families feel that hiring a tutor is a sign that their children are not intelligent and it’s a last-ditch effort to save their academic future, however many other families have children who usually receive excellent marks at school and they want to make sure it stays that way.
To that end, though working with a private tutor is an expense that you need to consider before committing to, it’s important to know that families who keep tutors on hand as a routine aspect of their children’s educational experience usually end up with very academically prepared children, and these are the students that your children will be competing with for a place in the schools and colleges of their choice and later in life for employment opportunities.
If you are able to, consider giving them the advantage of regularly working with a content area expert by hiring a private tutor to stay ahead of the game.
Because “New Math” Has Your Head Spinning: Let’s face it, the way students are taught mathematics and reading these days is often very different from how we did many years ago. As a result, many parents spend countless nights trying to understand how to teach their children concepts in the way they are learning them at school, and it can be downright frustrating.
Hiring a private tutor can alleviate this because many of them are trained educators who keep up with the ever-changing teaching methods that your children may be exposed to at school, and even if they aren’t they are often equipped with different methods to help your kids “get it” even when you don’t.
Because Your Swamped: Work, appointments, PTA, and after-school activities can wear parents out! By the time you get home and start working on dinner, you may not always have the mental space or energy for homework or helping your child with a learning concept they don’t really grasp well.
With a private tutor, you will have someone who shows up at your home refreshed, and ready to dig into your child’s task list with no delays or distractions. In addition, while they work with your child, you can finish a load of laundry, run an errand or assist another child with a different task so life is a little less hectic.
Because Their Teachers are Swamped Too: I used to be a teacher and I can tell you first-hand that even when they are coming in at 6:00 am and leaving at 7:30 pm, they often still have five hours-worth of tasks that could help your child which may be neglected.
That’s not to say that teachers don’t care about your children or that they are lazy, however, in the state of many public schools, teachers simply don’t have the resources to be the superhuman beings they’d need to be in order to truly serve every child they teach to the degree that they so badly want to. When this happens, the student usually suffers and even with conferencing and intervention plans in place, your child may still need more support than the school or teacher can provide.
For this reason, it’s up to you as a parent to make decisions about how you can and will get them the additional help they may need, and a private tutor may be the answer! In addition, private tutors and teachers working together can be a beautiful thing has they collaborate to help your child reach their academic goals, consider it as a supplement to their regular school attendance.
Because it is Convenient: As you seek to find help for your child’s academic success, you will come across a plethora of learning centers and facilities that offer tutoring to students. While these may be reputable and effective, they may not always be convenient when you consider traffic, household responsibilities and other obligations that could make getting your child to these appointments a real hassle.
When you hire a private tutor, you don’t have to worry about that. In fact, all you have to do is open the door and make sure you have a clean and quiet place in your home for them to work with your child and life can be simple.
Because You Need a Middle Man: As a private tutor, I can’t tell you how many times parents have shared with me that I am able to get their children to do things that they can’t. It’s as if when I arrive floating through their door in a very Mary Poppins-equemanner with my little bag of tools, their children are happy to get to work and will do just that, with an excellent focus for at least an hour.
Once we are done, parents are often amazed at the amount of work I’ve been able to help their children complete that would have taken them twice as long and with three meltdowns or tantrums to boot! If you notice that it always seems like you’re pulling teeth to get your children to do homework with you, or it often ends in yelling and tears, it may be time to consider a private tutor. Your children will likely love working with a tutor and you can regain some peace in your home.
Because They Need Some Confidence: Often when I work with new students that are very behind academically, their eyes are filled with a look of discouragement. Perhaps they have been told by teachers that they are not good students, or maybe they have been teased at school, or feel shame for not living up to their parent’s expectations of them.
Hiring a private tutor can not only be great for helping your child master skills they struggle with but it also serves to provide them with a personal cheerleader of sorts to keep them upbeat and positive about all the things they can do.
Because Their Worth It: At the end of the day, your child’s future is very heavily impacted by their level of education. Study after study reveals that the more education a person has, the more money they make and the more options they have in life. Furthermore, the better the foundation students have academically, the more likely they are to do well in school, like school and continue to pursue academic pursuits even after they have completed high school.
Like most parents, I am sure that you want the very best for your children and would do anything to see them happy, healthy and successful. To that end, the value that private tutors provide to your child and family is really an investment that will allow your child to reap benefits from for a lifetime.
Read also: How to get a good private tutor for homeschooling.
WHO IS A PERSONAL TUTOR
My son and I love to throw the football around, play sports together, and go out and just have a good time. But I’m also his dad. The Enforcer. The boss. The guy who is always looking over his shoulder, pushing him to do better and telling him what he can and can’t do.
But when it comes to helping him with his homework he reminds me, “Dad, you’re not my teacher!” It’s hard for me to provide the one-on-one engagement he needs to really excel academically. And he’s right, he does have a teacher. Unfortunately, his teacher has 24 other students she must attend to each day and she just doesn’t have the bandwidth to provide the one-on-one engagement he needs.
That is where a tutor comes in. Tutors have the ability to provide students with the one-on-one engagement they need to excel academically. Children continue to receive instruction from their teacher and parent. But a tutor provides the engagement children need to work through difficult concepts and get motivated.
Tutors provide one-on-one engagement, with a different perspective, learning strategies etc.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD PERSONAL TUTOR
A good personal tutor is one who can be able to breach that gap which parents and teachers cannot, for the purpose of that child’s academic performance. A tutor should be able to help build confidence and good self-esteem of the child, provide a different perspective (for the purpose of enhancing academic performance), one-on-one engagement they need to excel academically, excel on standardized tests to mention some few.
WHAT PARENTS MUST LOOK FOR BEFORE HIRING PERSONAL TUTOR
Choosing the right private home tutor can be a daunting job. But with a little attention, you can easily find a tutor who will be a perfect fit for you or your kid.
In this article, we are going to share the top 5 things you should be considering when hiring a private home tutor.
Is the tutor verified?
First thing first. Before hiring any tutor, make sure you confirm the identity of the tutor by asking for the valid ID proof and address proof. Also, never leave your child alone with the tutor. Make sure that the tutoring session is conducted in the presence of at least one family member.
Nothing is greater than the safety of you or your kid. Once you are satisfied of the safety, you can proceed further to hire the tutor.
Before hiring, you must know whether the tutor has got enough knowledge of the subject he/she is going to teach. The tutor should be knowledgeable so that he can offer expert assistance, correct guidance, and knowledge to the student. The best way is to check the educational background of the tutor before hiring. Also, you can ask questions about the subject or topic for which you are hiring during your free demo class.
Before hiring a tutor, make sure that the student is comfortable with the teacher. Demo class is an opportunity for you to check the compatibility between the teacher and the student. High chances are that the student will be able to learn more and focus more on the studies if he/she connects well with the tutor.
Lots of parents nowadays are concerned about the English proficiency and communication skills of the tutor. Make sure the tutor you are considering to hire has good communication skills.
It is important that the tutor has good communication skills so that student can follow in their footsteps and will be able to learn how to communicate effectively.
Passion and Attitude
The tutor must be passionate about teaching and education. Any tutor you choose for you or your child should have an encouraging and positive attitude. A tutor must have the ability to keep a child motivated throughout the tutoring session. They should know when to admire the students for their hard work. The student should feel good after a tutoring session and by the end of every session, students must feel that he/she has learned something and the session has benefited him/her.
It is important that you consider all the above factors when choosing your next home tutor. And if you find it difficult to find it by yourself, Excellent Home Classes can do it for you.
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