The first quarter of the school year is coming to a close if it hasn't already. This means that your children have settled into their new classrooms and have learned a few new skills.
Hi! My name is Stena Schmitt. I run Saints Training and Tutoring. I have been tutoring for several years now. I started when I was in college as part of my bachelors to becoming a teacher. During my teaching career, I also taught for Sylvan Learning Center. I learned a few things about why to hire a tutor during that time.
Now I am a private tutor and wanted to share with you a few of those reasons.
Two Main Reasons
The first one is obvious in that their child is struggling with reading and math and you want them to get in line with the rest of their peers. This is a reactive parent.
This type of parent has just found out from a parent teacher conference that their child is struggling in one subject or another. In this instance, a parent is trying to help their child get back on track and stay that way.
Today's Educational System
With the way education is today, parents are overwhelmed with how skills are taught and feel that they can't connect on the same level.
Homework Battle Station
Another reason that this type of parent hires a tutor is because the parent and child battle every time they sit down to work on homework. An outside tutor can help with this because the tutor isn't as close to the situation as the parent is.
The second reason a parent hires a tutor for their child is because the parent wants the child to move to be ahead of the rest of their peers. This parent is a proactive parent.
A proactive parent understands that the world can and will be competitive and they want their child to have a competitive edge. In foreign countries, it is very common for parents to hire the best teachers to tutor their children after school whether the student needs it or not.
That way if there is a topic that the child does struggle with the tutor will catch it right away and is able to attack the problem sooner rather than later. The longer it takes to solve an issue the harder it is to learn the correct way because bad habits start to form quickly.
Proactive parents also hire tutors during school breaks to ensure that no knowledge is lost while the child is not in school.
How do you choose what tutor to hire for your child?
There should be a few ground rules before deciding.
There are many places that you can have your child tutored such as your house, library, classroom, coffee shop, park, tutor's house, and online. I will tell you the pros and cons of each place.
At your house, the child and tutor must have a place to work. This is done on your time. The tutor comes to you. You might have to pay for mileage of the tutor for the drive to and from your house. You might feel that you have to clean your house for the tutor to feel comfortable. It might be a noisy place if you have other children in the home.
The library has really good tables to work at and most of the time it is quiet. Sometimes the child sees their friends and might get distracted from what is going on around them.
The classroom is already at the school where your child may attend and you just have to go pick him/her up at the end of the session. If you child's teacher is tutoring him/her, she might have limited time to work with your child. There might be a lot of interruptions from other teachers and students coming in.
The coffee shop also has tables, but it might be a little noisy. You have to drop them off and pick them up.
The same with the park. At the park you have to worry about the weather.
The tutor's house is a good place because the tutor has all of their materials ready to go. You would have to drop them off and pick them up. You might feel uncomfortable dropping the child off at someone's home.
For online tutoring, neither the child nor the tutor has to go anywhere. This can be done in the safety of your own home. There are many different online webinar type programs in which the tutor and student can see each other and interact just fine. Some online software allows for both parties to share their screen and have an online whiteboard to write out problems and notes. You need to have a good internet connection with an updated computer and webcam.
There are many benefits to hiring a tutor for your child. I hope this helps you to decide.
My name is Stena Schmitt.
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