Falling grades are not the only signs that your child may need a tutor – here are a few points to help identify whether they might need extra tuition.
“Finish your homework, and then you can go outside and play”, used to be the extent of our after-school activities. Today, kids clock up an impressive amount of soccer/ballet/swimming lessons in the hours you and I used to sit around watching the Fresh Prince of Bel Air and making daisy chains out of weeds.
The standards and expectations at both primary and high school are much higher than they were decades ago. While school readiness is mostly about emotional maturity, parents are often surprised at the fast-paced nature and how much has changed since we last donned a uniform.
If you suspect your child may be falling behind or could benefit from the help of a tutor, there are a few key signs to look out for, particularly in their behaviour.
What’s worth noting is that tutors aren’t just for children who need extra help academically. Parents also employ tutors for gifted students looking for more advanced studies above what’s being taught in the classroom or to help teach study skills in the lead up to exams.
Here are four signs your child needs a tutor:
1. A drop in confidence levels.
If your usually confident child begins to lack interest or confidence in a subject they previously excelled in, this is a red flag you don’t want to miss. They may be having difficulty with grasping new or abstract concepts. Alternatively, they may have lost confidence in a class full of whizzes.
If you’ve tried and failed to assist them, tutoring often helps children improve their self-esteem about their ability to learn.