Every parent has high hopes for their child when he or she starts school – they hope that they’ll make friends, like and respect their teachers, and enjoy learning. Sometimes, however, that last hope doesn’t quite pan out and children run into speed bumps in one or more subjects. This doesn’t have to stop your children from being able to learn as much (or more!) as their peers though. It just requires some attention and intervention. Keep an eye out for these signs that indicate that your child may need one-on-one tutoring outside of school.
- Spending more or no time on homework.
Some children may struggle through something they don’t understand, trying to complete it and only get more frustrated along the way. Others will avoid it altogether.
- Saying that they “hate” school.
You may hear this upsetting statement if there is some kind of conflict at school, whether it’s an issue with another student or a certain subject. Either way, it’s important to identify what the trigger is and address it.
- Drop in grades.
Your child may always have done well in reading, or writing, or math, and consistently have brought home good grades in that subject. So if you should notice a drop in any subject that you knew your child to be good in, they may have encountered a concept that has them stumped, and will need support to deal with it.
- He or she gets extremely anxious when it comes to school.
If your child has always had a good attitude towards school but gets anxious before a big test (this often occurs around 3rd or 4th grade, when many students encounter “high-stakes testing” for the first time), a tutor may be helpful in teaching them test-taking strategies to deal with those fears.
- Your child is being careless or dishonest about their work.
Similar to the first sign mentioned, in this case, your child may rush through their homework just to get it done. If you should look over it, you’ll see many careless and easily-corrected errors. On the other hand, they may be dishonest about having work in the first place (which should be a red flag especially in the upper grades, when homework is usually the norm), or about how they’re struggling at all.
If you notice any of these signs in your child, or any other sign that your child is not enjoying school or meeting their potential, you may want to consider getting a tutor.