Once the school year is humming along, it can be difficult to get a clear sense of how your child is doing emotionally and academically. Assignments and tests can come fast and furious, and extracurriculars can keep students busy (or too busy) outside of class. That’s why it’s doubly important to keep an eye out for signs that your student might benefit from an academic subject tutor.
Here are three actions to take to determine if your child could benefit from academic support:
- Collect Data—Depending on what time of year it is, your student may have taken many or only a few tests and quizzes. But even a couple of assessments can provide essential data. Whether results from tests are used to undermine the claims of “oh, History is my easy class” or to support cries of “please, Math is so hard I need help,” you almost always have enough data to make a confident, informed decision on whether or not an academic coach could be a useful guide for the remainder of the school year.
- Evaluate Teacher/Student Relationships—Data, of course, isn’t everything. You also need to take a close look at how your child is interacting with individual teachers. If your child declares a dislike for a certain teacher, motivation may not come easily for tough assignments, and animosity can even impair learning. In critical subjects, it is important that every student has a voice that he or she can trust, attaching positive emotions to learning and growing. One-on-one attention from a coach who is carefully selected to match your child’s personality can go a long way in evening out the inconsistencies of the classroom learning experience.
- Manage Timing/Scheduling—Certain times of year can be especially challenging for students. Mid-fall, in particular, can be a harrowing time—summer optimism has worn off, and extracurriculars and assignments have piled up. But fatigue can strike at any point of the year. An academic subject tutor can be a needed guide and cheerleader for students struggling under the weight of many time commitments.
Remember that academic subject tutors aren’t only useful for students who are struggling. For advanced students who don’t feel challenged by a particular class, a subject tutor can be a great resource for added insight and practice.
There’s no wrong time to employ the services of an academic subject tutor. If you notice any of the warning signs above, please don’t hesitate to contact our team.