Tutor Doctor | Jan 23, 2012

How to get the best out of tutoring

Categories: Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Tutoring, K-12, K12

Every student is different. Providing a personal tutor for your child will uncover the root causes of bad grades or unfulfilled potential. Good tutors will test your child to find the missing building blocks in their education and get a sense of their learning style and the pace with which they feel most comfortable.

Contrary to popular belief, tutoring is not only for students who have learning difficulties or are struggling at school. Children who are exceptionally gifted may also need a tutor. These students learn at faster rate than their classmates. Boredom in class leads to a lack of attention or motivation that may actually see their grades plummet. Even if your child’s grades are good, tutors will help them to stretch themselves beyond the school curriculum and challenge them in new and interesting ways that help them to fulfill their true potential and excel beyond the curriculum of their school education.

No matter why your child needs a tutor, they must be properly tested to ascertain pace and special considerations. Choosing the best times for tutoring is as important as choosing the right tutor. Your child must be well rested and have the energy to get the most out of a tutoring session. Tutoring sessions scheduled right after school or too late in the evening may see your child too tired to take full advantage of tutoring time. Choose a tutor who is flexible and able to meet with your child at a time that suits you both.

Although group tutoring sessions have their benefits, individual tutors are able to move at the perfect pace for your child. They give your child their undivided attention and tailor lessons to suit your child’s unique needs. Many children are too shy to speak up in front of their peers or answer questions if there is the possibility of embarrassment or ridicule. One-on-one teaching sessions help to grow their confidence as they are given the support and encouragement they need and they don’t have to worry about getting the answer wrong.

Consider the personality of your child when choosing a tutor that’s right for them. The tutor must be able to challenge them, provide them with the encouragement they need, motivate them and bolster their self esteem. They must feel comfortable with the tutor. The tutor must be patient and work at a pace that suits your child. They must be flexible enough to fit in with your child’s schedule and they must be reliable.

Dealing with a reputable tutoring agency means that their tutors are vetted for suitability. They have tutors of the finest quality who have tons of experience in their chosen field. They are professionals and understand the delicate balance that exists between tutor and student. Contact your local Tutor Doctor to set up a no obligation consultation where the needs of your child are investigated and you can choose from a number of tutors.