As a parent, you always want what is best for your child. Do they get enough sleep? Do they have a healthy enough diet? Are they too overloaded with hockey and soccer and swimming and karate practice? A very common concern for parents is school performance, and rightly so. Poor performance and failing grades at school can be a tremendous source of stress and anxiety for your child, and continued struggles may prevent your child from achieving their dreams in adulthood. Keep an eye out for these five factors, which may indicate that your child could use outside help from a tutoring service:
If your child comes home with a bad report card or if you notice that her test scores are getting worse, schedule a meeting with your child’s teacher to talk about your concerns. The teacher should be able to point out the source of the problem. For example, your child might have strong math skills, but a struggle with reading comprehension, lack of focus in class, or failure to complete homework at home stand in the way of success. With an understanding of the root cause, you can hire a tutor to address the problem and get your child’s academic success back on track.
If your child’s test scores don’t align with your impression of their daily school performance, this could be an instance of test anxiety. Your child may know the material well but fails to translate it into test success because she gets flustered, frustrated, goes blank, and starts doubting herself. A tutor can help identify the cause of test anxiety, instill skills and confidence to excel at tests, and help your child become well-prepared and well-versed in the material.
With rare exception, it is normal for children to put off homework in favour of more enjoyable activities. However if procrastination is consistent, your child is apprehensive or anxious about doing homework, or she takes a very long time to complete homework, take notice. It could be a sign of poor study habits, lack of motivation, or a learning disability. A tutor can help your child improve study habits, instill self-confidence and self-motivation, and help your child get a leg up on her peers.
If your child is dishonest about their grades, claims that he doesn’t have any homework, that there are no tests this year, or that schools no longer give report cards, this is certainly a red flag. Dishonesty about school performance is a sure sign that your child is struggling. A tutor can help your child master subjects so he comes home proud to show off his school performance.
If your child has been diagnosed with a learning disability such as dyslexia, ADHD, or visual motor deficit, your child often has to work longer and harder just to keep up with his peers. A tutor can tailor their approach appropriate to your child’s individualized needs. A tutor will help your child master subjects and create study habits that take your child’s learning disability into account.
If you notice that your child has been struggling with school, you can seek outside help from a tutoring service. Mobile Tutors is a world-class tutoring service in Edmonton, Sherwood Park, and St. Albert offering one-on-one in-home tutoring and state-of-the-art online tutoring in any subject with flexible scheduling.