After distance learning starting last March followed by a longer than usual summer break, your kids (and YOU!) were looking forward to them going back to school. Even with all the safety measures in place and uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, it was a relief to see your kids interacting with their friends and teachers again. Perhaps your district chose in person learning while neighboring schools tried a hybrid model or all virtual learning. Even with these differing methods, there was a part of you that was hopeful in asking, “Could it be that things might someday be back to “normal” again?”
Fast forward to October. The exciting sparkle of new school supplies and hopeful possibilities has turned into the all too familiar battles over schoolwork, technology issues with distance learning, pressing issues at work and a less than stellar parent teacher conference. Is it time to ask for help?
Here are 10 SIGNS your child needs a tutor (Adapted from my friend, Adrianne Meldrum of Stress-Free Online Multisensory Math Lessons | Made For Math):
- AVOIDING SCHOOL – “I don’t feel good” is a phrase you’ll often hear from your child who struggles in school. It’s difficult to discern in these times of health hypervigilance if you should take it seriously or use it as a tool for teaching perseverance. Frequent visits to the nurse’s office at school or a pattern of avoiding school tasks, but participating in other activities at home are sure signs your child could benefit from the support of a tutor.
- BAD ATTITUDE – Watch for an overwhelming amount of emotion when schoolwork is to be done. If your child shuts down or melts down, the insight of a tutor can help him/her get to the root of emotions related to learning.
- LOW ACHIEVEMENT – Reports from school indicate your child is not at grade level. Or you know your child has much more potential than is reflected in daily work and test scores. A qualified tutor can utilize school information and make a plan for success.
- DISHONESTY – If you are consistently hearing from your child he/she is all done with the assigned work and doesn’t have anything to do, this is a red flag, especially for upper grade students. A tutor can help assess learning gaps and even challenge the most capable learners.
- CARELESSNESS – When your child seems unmotivated to please you or his/her teachers, it is time to get to the bottom of why. A tutor can help you find the reasons beneath the lack of interest.
- CONFIDENCE – If your child is consistently beating up on his/her lack of ability or performance, a tutor can help build his/her self esteem again by focusing on strengths to get back on track.
- LEARNING DISABILITIES – When a child struggles, he/she may have ADHD, dyslexia, an auditory processing disorder, etc. A tutor can help guide you to find a study regiment and resources that work for your child.
- POOR TIME MANAGEMENT – If schoolwork is taking longer than it really should, your child could benefit from working with a tutor who can help him/her find systems to increase their productivity.
- EXTREME ANXIETY – If your child feels fearful of tests or even gets physically sick, a tutor can help your child identify triggers and find test taking strategies to help conquer his/her fears.
- HOPELESSNESS – You or your child have given up because it seems that no matter what you try, it’s just not working. Contact a tutor today to encourage you, help you problem solve and come up with a solution that gets your child back on track.