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Will A Tutor Really Help My Child?

Apr 24, 2008
When your third grader comes home with a C in math, after you've tried to motivate him by paying him for good grades or taking him to the zoo, and you've tried every other bribe you could think of that appealed to him and still it didn't work. You are indeed a frustrated parent. You don't know any other way to motivate him to take an interest in math and make a better grade.

Don't give up. You have several options left and you can use more than one option at a time. Your child may need a tutor or after school help from the teacher. Maybe, he needs some supervised study time at home. Determine if your child has developed good study habits or needs help gaining study skills.

If you aren't sure what good study skills are get help from his teacher. Help him organize and set a certain time in the afternoon when he is to study. Make sure he has a study area with a desk and other supplies and that it's quiet when he is studying. You can try tutoring your child if you are good with math or whatever the problem subject is. You can find help on the internet with a variety of subjects.

If your child is a big daydreamer, you may need to check on him frequently while he is studying to stop that behavior. But try not to totally discourage it as he may have an artistic or inventive bent that you wouldn't want to discourage. Explain to him that there is place for daydreaming, but not when studying.

If your child is still having problems, you may want to hire a tutor. If you go this route it will help with several problems that could be the cause of the low grades. If they really do not understand, then a tutor can help with understanding the problems better.

The tutor may see problems that you didn't notice. The tutor can also help with organizing the child and help him develop self-disciple. He may understand the work, but not be motivated to do it on time. Having a tutor work with him can help solve this problem.

It's possible that he just got behind because of not understanding a certain math step or a particular formula in like science. Getting him over this hurdle may be all it takes to improve his grade. This science problem will apply to elementary students in the fifth or sixth grade. Maybe a few quick lessons after school from the teacher will correct the problem.

If your child has missed a few days in school, you might ask the teacher if another student could catch him up or ask for some notes you can use to help.

Making sure your child gets the right tools he needs to learn to his school subjects is important. These methods can help a busy parent help their child to succeed.
About the Author
Tristan Andrews is a freelance author who writes articles about Tutoring and Tutoring Centers.
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