by Dr. Jack Singer
Tutoring can help your child get more out of school and out of life. Tutoring might be the helping hand your child needs to remain confident in school and avoid falling behind in the classroom. Even children with the best grades in most subjects can often benefit from receiving one-on-one instruction in the few areas they struggle with most.
Benefits of Getting a Tutor for Your Child:
- Improved academic performance. Tutoring can help your child to do better in school. If your child’s grades are suffering, some one-on-one attention without the competitive pressures of the classroom may help them achieve more.
- Psychological and social benefits. While academic concerns are often the most obvious motivation, tutoring also has important psychological and social benefits.
- Develop new relationships. Tutors can be excellent role models. Tutors with backgrounds different from your own family may also help your child appreciate diverse cultures.
- Strengthen a love of learning. Good teachers and tutors help children love to learn. This mindset can enrich their lives and help them in their future careers.
- Learn to accept constructive criticism. Interacting with a tutor is great practice for your child in learning how to interpret and respond to feedback on their performance.
- Build self-esteem. Children who are falling behind in school may feel badly about themselves and lose interest in education. Tutoring can reverse this situation by giving your child a sense of achievement and a strong foundation for better self-esteem.
How to Work With a Tutor:
- Select a tutor carefully. School personnel can be an excellent resource for finding professional or peer tutors. Local branches of education associations may also offer helpful directories. Always check references carefully.
- Develop goals and a work plan. Tutoring usually works best when there’s a comprehensive strategy. You and your child can work with a tutor to articulate your goals and how to reach them. Having a plan will also help you evaluate progress.
- Monitor the first few sessions. You want your tutor and child to be able to work independently, but it can be helpful to monitor at least part of the first session. You’ll get to see the tutor’s style first-hand and observe how the tutor and your child interact.
- Get feedback from the tutor and your child. Help keep things on track by inviting regular feedback from your tutor and your child. This will help you spot any issues of concern and boost your peace of mind.
- Involve your child’s school in the process. Let your child’s teacher know that you have engaged a tutor. Enlisting the teacher as an ally can help you all take a coordinated approach to your child’s educational needs and evaluate the effectiveness of your actions.
Tutoring is an excellent tool for helping your child achieve success and happiness with their schoolwork.
Understanding the benefits of tutoring and knowing how to work with a tutor can help you to raise a child who loves learning and achieves strong academic success!
I am also available for phone consultations with athletes around the U.S. and in-person visits with athletes in Southern California. Call today toll free at 1-800-497-9880 for a free 20 minute telephone consultation with Dr. Jack Singer.
Jack N. Singer, Ph.D.
Certified and Licensed Sport and Clinical Psychologist
Diplomate, National Institute of Sports Professionals, Division of Psychologists
Diplomate, American Academy of Behavioral Medicine
Certified Hypnotherapist, American Academy of Clinical Hypnosis