It is easy for parents to feel guilty about whether or not they are doing all they can to help their kids. While tutoring is a big investment of time, money and resources, helping a child academically does not stop after hiring a tutor. There are methods by which a parent can ensure that the child is benefitting fully from the process and here are 4 tips for parents looking to help out during the sessions.
1. Identify the Goal
It is important to understand the reason for hiring a tutor; this will ensure that the student and tutor are working towards that goal with every session. Essentially, the important question to answer is “Do you want to achieve a performance or a learning goal?”
A performance goal is a short term goal; it usually takes the form of passing a particular test or exam. A learning goal, on the other hand, is a long term goal that involves understanding the idea and being able to transfer it to different situations.
Learning should be placed above performance as the student should be able to understand the topics fully and be able to apply what was taught later in future.
2. Observe the Sessions
Observing the sessions regularly will enable parents to check on how well a tutor is bonding with the child. The interaction between them and the child’s demeanour around the tutor will give you a hint of how the sessions are going.
Checking if the tutor is the type to ask follow-up questions, get the student’s reason for picking a particular answer and generally, how they help the student deal with confusion is very important.
It may be best to request another tutor if you notice that your child is not bonding well with the assigned tutor after some sessions.
3. Have Realistic Expectations
Although tutoring is much more likely to benefit the student than not, it is best to keep your expectations reasonable. While most times the tutor’s skill will determine how fast a child’s performance will improve, other factors also come into play. Factors such as student’s motivation and effort will greatly impact the rate of improvement. Nonetheless, it is important to know that the child’s grade will not skyrocket after only a few sessions and it may take a while for progress to set in.
It is also important to allow children to continue to have social lives even though they need extra academic help. This will reduce the chances of the child growing to resent the tutoring process.
4. Partner with the Tutor
After each session, it is vital to speak with the tutor on the child’s progress. Ask what can be done to reinforce the lessons at home and how to give “real-life” applications.