How do you know your child needs tutoring?

For families

Although children are back in the classroom, many schools are still struggling to rebound from the 2020 dip in student test scores. Districts have turned to online tutoring to help students recoup the learning losses caused by the pandemic, and results from these programs have been promising so far. But is tutoring right for your family?

Tutoring programs can provide enrichment and improve academic outcomes for students of all abilities and performance levels. They’re especially useful in helping children overcome a variety of academic challenges so they can go on to become independent learners.

Here are four signs that your child might benefit from online tutoring. 

Your child is having a hard time academically or has fallen behind.

There simply isn’t enough time during the school day for teachers to work closely with every student. Some learners struggle because they don’t get the in-class attention they need. Others consistently wrestle with a particular subject or don’t meet overall grade-level expectations.

Students who face learning challenges or are falling behind can use tutoring to get caught up, gain confidence, and achieve higher scores. Online tutoring gives your child the attention they need in the subjects that are affecting their overall success the most.

You want to help with their homework, but you feel as lost as they do.

When parents show an interest in their child’s schoolwork, it can have a positive impact on the child’s success. But even if you’re eager to help, you might not understand what your child is studying. Trying to figure out their math homework, for example, might leave you so frustrated that you’re tempted to give up.

Parents who enroll their children in online tutoring sessions can be more involved in the learning process at home without the pressure of knowing how to teach. Because you can be present during sessions, it’s much easier to follow up with your child on assignments. You can still be a part of their educational journey, knowing that you both have the support you need. And it takes some of the stress out of worrying about their success in school so you can focus on other, positive aspects of your parent-child relationship.

You often hear them say, “School is boring!” or “This stuff is too easy.”

Sometimes teachers may need to to focus less on high-performing students in order to support those with lower scores. If your child is doing well in class but appears bored with school, online tutoring can provide them with additional stimulation.

Children who don’t feel challenged enough by their schoolwork stay more engaged when a tutor helps build connections between classroom material and more advanced concepts. This also gives your child a chance to ask detailed questions about areas of interest and follow a line of reasoning into new and exciting academic territory.

Your child’s teachers have mentioned your child is easily distracted in group settings.

While some students seem to thrive in the classroom, others have a hard time staying focused in large groups. An environment that offers one-on-one contact reduces distractions and allows the tutor to gently guide them back to the lesson when their attention wanders. A knowledgeable and empathetic tutor can also adapt their methods to accommodate students with learning difficulties like dyslexia, autism, or even a language barrier, which is more difficult for a teacher in a larger classroom setting.

If any of these situations sound familiar to you, your family may be ready for online tutoring. If you’re searching for an individualized, interactive program with hands-on problem-solving, Remind can help. Sign up for a session today, and we’ll pair your child with an experienced, knowledgeable tutor who will create the supportive learning environment they need.