Students are often recommended for tutoring. By the same token I am often asked why or whether a child ought to be tutored.
More often than not the answer is quite clear from both an academic and an emotional standpoint.
…. & so, when approached by parents – & if you were a fly on my classroom wall – you would see that I often refer to the following points of consideration when recommending tutoring for a child.
I hope that you will find these benchmarks useful as well.
(A) Academic Performance:
- Despite the child’s best efforts his/her grades continue to decline.
- The child consistently experiences difficulty grasping concepts.
- The child can not complete class work or homework in a reasonable period of time.
- The child is easily distracted & / or makes excuses for incomplete work.
- The child refuses to engage in & / or complete activities (e.g. class work, homework).
(B) Emotional: The child exhibits the following behaviours as relates to school / learning / academic performance:
- An increasing lack of motivation & / or feelings of helplessness.
- Unhappiness or anger with regard to school.
- Consistent disruptive behaviours at school.
- An ongoing frustration with school & teachers.
- Increasingly poor self esteem – e.g. “I’m not smart.” – “I’m dumb.” – “I’ll never be abe to do this/anything.”
- No longer wants to go to school. Makes excuses to stay home.
- Parents and teachers keep a journal and record any observations (e.g. including times & dates) that may relate to the above points of consideration. These journals often prove invaluable.
- Parents need to be open to teacher concerns and recommendations. Teachers need to do the same.
- Finally, parents need to trust their instincts. e.g. You know your child. When in doubt make an appointment to see your child’s teacher. Express any questions and concerns. Remember that we are all here to support and encourage your child.