Tutoring for Your Child: What You Need to Know


Some children struggle with a particular subject, while others seem to struggle with a wide variety of school-related challenges. Many learning strategies can get a child back on the track to success, and tutors are a great resource for this kind of help. Several clues indicate whether your son or daughter could benefit from tutoring.

Chat with Your Child

Determining whether your child may need a tutor can be as simple as sitting down after each school day and asking a few questions. If the question, “What did you learn today?” is hard for your child to answer, chances are your child may have a lack of attentiveness.

Dig a little deeper. Review your child’s homework portfolio. Many schools provide students with a planning calendar at the start of each school year.

Chat with Your Teacher

Make arrangements to attend parent-teacher conferences. Beforehand, write down questions to ask. Go through the report card carefully and identify areas you’d like to discuss with the teacher. Be sure to ask the teacher about your child’s attitude and behavior, and get some honest feedback about how your child is progressing.

Real Talk

Mom asking daughter if tutor needed

Have a heartfelt discussion with your child regarding their progress and the possible need to seek help from a tutor. This will help your child accept the need for a tutor, while also letting them know you care and are serious about helping them be successful. Ask specific questions about classes. Note irregularities and patterns. If your child’s report card is inconsistent with what you know about your child, it is probably worth investigating.

Once your child accepts the idea that bringing in a tutor is intended to help them succeed, it’s time to select a tutor.

Finding a Tutor

Experts suggest beginning the search for a tutor at your child’s school. Many teachers perform private tutoring off-campus after school for a small fee. Your child’s teacher may already offer free tutoring sessions on certain days. The school’s guidance counselor may refer a tutor.

Commercial tutoring franchises offer competitive rates and encourage children to explore and overcome their educational challenges. There are also a number of Internet-based tutoring options. Regardless of which avenue you take in the tutor hiring process, ask lots of questions, because your child’s education is at stake. Ask for references, both character and professional.


Federal Tutoring aid

You can learn about your child’s public school curriculum on websites such as the national PTA, the Florida Department of Education, and even the Common Core website. The federal No Child Left Behind Act stipulates that when a child from a low-income family is attending a low-performing school, federal money can be used to provide tutoring and other supplemental academic enrichment services. Your school district has the federally established criteria, which is based on family income. School districts are required to tell you whether your child’s school is in need of improvement.

Outline a Plan

Once you hire a tutor, outline a plan with your child to achieve a mutually agreed upon result. Set a timeline for how long your child will receive tutoring, and set aside time for meetings where you can receive progress updates. Even the greatest tutors are not magicians. Getting the proper results requires a mutual commitment from the Set a timeline to achieve the desired goals.