When your child struggles in school, your instinct is to help them. In some cases, that works. When the child has homework you don’t understand, or even know, outside help is necessary. Tutoring is a useful tool to help your child overcome struggles in their studies. There are a few options you can consider.
Tutoring centers are a good place to check out. They do a one-on-one assessment of your child and their needs. Your child will then work with a teacher who works with 2-3 students at a time. The small group can be helpful with comprehension. Often the children will work together to understand the subject. They will receive more attention than in the classroom where there are more students. You can expect to pay $45 or more per hour. The price varies based on the subject and how much help your child needs. Expect service fees and contracts.
Private tutors are helpful for the child who is shy or has severe needs. Private tutors are a one-on-one teacher who comes to your home and works with your child after school. The great thing about a private tutor is that they are experts in specific subjects. Your child also receives total attention. If your child has needs in several subjects, you may need more than one tutor. Private tutors are easy to locate. You can find college students who tutor individuals who make a business out of it. You can use local sites such as Craigslist to find a tutor, but you need references and a background check. You can skip all that and use Angie’s List to find your tutor who is already vetted. You can expect to pay $35+ depending on the subject and their experience. The more experience they have, the higher the rate.
Online tutoring websites are popular these days. The student can go on and use chat rooms or message boards to get help with homework. The websites are private, and they only talk to instructors. This is a great option for older children who are looking for extra help but don’t struggle a lot. Yet, if your child struggles with long-distance learning, they won’t do well with this. I still encourage the use of online tutoring sites. Many colleges utilize distance learning. Even if they are attending classes in the building, learning how to handle distance learning will help them later. Rates are $20+ for online sites. You pay upfront for a set amount of time and you can set up a recurring charge for your child to access it as they need it.
Tutoring is a wonderful tool for any child who is having a hard time. Tutors can also tell if your child has a possible learning disability to make you aware of. The great thing is you can use them as you need them.