Four Things A Private Tutor Cannot Do For Your Child

Obtaining the services of a private tutor is an excellent choice to help your child if they are falling behind in school or lacking motivation and confidence. The time spent with a private tutor can provided the needed skills to boost student’s grades, attitude and performance. Keep in mind, however, that there are certain things a professional private tutor cannot, or will not, do for your child.

Do This For Me Please

Children often ask and expect a private tutor to do their homework for them. A professional tutor will never give in to this sort of request. Instead the tutor will focus on building the student’s confidence and attitude about their school work. A professional tutor helps a student to see how to work through difficult tasks, thus reinforcing the need for the student to work on their own even as they help make it a possibility.

Impossible Expectations

Children will often procrastinate and begin studying for a test far too late. They often believe a crash session with a tutor will help them get all of the important points just in time. It is true that tutors can help with study skills and strategy. However, a tutor is never a replacement for consistent studying and hard work; those are exactly the skills they will try instill in your child.

Professional tutors work hard to help their students build confidence and academic independence. Do not be surprised if your child complains that a tutor is making them work too hard. This is what tutors do best; increasing the level of your child’s competence, responsibility, and academic independence.

Get Me Out of This Mess

Students often believe that a private tutor exists as a cure all for poor academic performance. It is wrong to assume that poor test scores can be alleviated with a few sessions with a tutor. While grades and academic performance of students with private tutors do indeed improve over time, a professional tutor may very well discontinue with students who simply want quick GPA fixes. Tutors attempt to help students who need consistent help while catching up in difficult subjects. A tutor cannot truly help a student who is reluctant to commit to a period of hard work and their best effort.

Tell Me What To Do

Lastly, a private tutor cannot help your child if they are not prepared for their tutoring sessions. Keep you tutor up to date by sending them updates or e-mails about what your child is studying in school. Alternatively, you might also consider putting the tutor in direct contact with the student’s teacher to keep you out of the middle. This will help your tutor to be prepared to address needed subjects and make the most out of each tutoring session.

In turn for keeping your tutor informed of student needs, a private tutor is able to address the progress a student is making and make personalized recommendations for further study as needed. This constant feedback from student to tutor, and tutor to student, is what makes the tutoring relationship so powerful.

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The New Age of Tutoring

Tutoring has been around as long as there were people who needed or wanted to learn something. When formalized education came on the scene, there were professional and private tutors. However, tutors were usually only afforded to the rich, while the poor went without being educated…which is why they stayed poor. When public education was instituted, and any and all children could go to school, tutoring became more of a job that the parents did…and the practice of helping kids with their homework at the dining table was born. It wasn’t until some time later that tutoring for the middle class came about. However, all the tutoring had to be done in person, and only local tutors could be found. And if there were no local tutors qualified to assist in a certain subject, then the student was out of luck…

However, with the dawn of instant long distance communication, tutoring can, and has been for several years now, done over the internet, or on the phone. Students who could not find a local tutor for the subject they are needing help with can now go online, and search for tutors in that subject. They don’t even need to travel further than to their local library, or even to their own home computer.

One great place to look is Buddy School. While there, you can sign up for a free account, then look for tutors in your subject. For example, if you needed a English Grammar and writing tutor, you could search for that term. Several tutors are available right now, actually, and all you need to do is choose one. Just schedule a time that you will be online, and then both of you can meet online, have your session, and then logout. Once your session is over, you will be sent an invoice. You pay your tutor as per instructed, and then you’re done. Very simple…and you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home.

The new age of tutoring is here. Are you ready for it?