Date: 7/17/2017 6:10 PM PDT
When I was growing up, the thought of my parents hiring a tutor for me was a faux pas, to say the least. I thought the only kids who had tutors were the ones who struggled in school. Looking back, however, I often wonder if I could have been more successful and comfortable with math and science had my parents hired one for me.
Hiring a tutor for your student is not necessarily a cheap investment, but it is one that can have many benefits for your kiddo and their future. So, here are -
1. Establish an Early Foundation
Did you know that you can hire a tutor for your kiddo at as young as three years old? In fact, many studies have shown that teaching your toddler to read can help them reach a first-grade reading level by the time they are in kindergarten. In this day and age of such extreme competitiveness, it is incredibly important to help your child establish a strong foundation at an early age.
2. Maintain Skills Over the Summer
Summer is a great time for students to relax, and catch up with friends and family. But why not have them catch up on their sweet skills, too? Was there a particular topic that your kiddo had difficulty with throughout the last school year? Is there a subject you want your student to get a head in? Is there a new skill set (IE. handwriting, cursive, underwater basket weaving) that you would love for your child to learn? Hiring a tutor for over the summer can allow students to fine tune their academic knowledge and get ahead prior to the next school year.
3. Personalized One-on-One Support
Today's classroom populations are getting larger and larger. Although there are many wonderful and dedicated teachers out there, having a class of 30 plus students does not permit much time for one-on-one instruction. Hiring a tutor for your student can offer them that much needed, individualized instruction. In such a setting, students can learn in the way that best suits them, whether that be visually, aurally, kinesthetically, or some combo of the three. Furthermore, a tutor has the ability to make even the most boring subjects somewhat interesting to your child by personalizing it to meet your child's interests and needs.
4. Boost Confidence
By getting that one-on-one individualized support, your students confidence is sure to soar. Although they may be embarrassed at first that you actually hired a tutor for them, as their teachers begin to note and compliment their gains and successes that spill over into the classroom setting those feelings of humility will soon subside.
5. Avoid the Homework War
Ah, the dreaded homework war... when one worksheet can turn your home into a combat zone. Let a tutor handle the homework. Not only are students less likely to argue and say "no," by allowing a tutor to do homework with your student gives them more insight as to what and how your child is learning at school so that they can gear their lesson towards similar concepts.
6. Free from Peer Pressure
Students are faced with so many challenges in the classroom. From less than thrilling topics to crowded classes. One of the biggest challenges faced in the classroom, however, is that of peer pressure. No one wants to be the kid who is called on and doesn't know the answer. For fear of looking "dumb" in front of their friends, students often don't participate in class or ask the questions needed to really learn the subject. At home tutoring eliminates those pressures and allows students to really delve into learning. Tutoring allows students to make mistakes and ask "silly" questions, without the fear of what their peers may think.