How to tell if your child would benefit from a tutor
You might think that there’s only one sign your child needs a tutor – because they’re not doing very well at school. But the fact is, grinds can be of benefit for a variety of reasons, so the signs you might need a bit of extra support at home are more varied than many people think.
Here’s what to look out for – and if you’re thinking of getting support, browse the range of tutors on ClassHub: we bring the best local teachers, tutors and activity providers together to connect with parents and students.
You’re not around as much
Lives are busy, and family routines can change when jobs, childcare or other commitments alter as well. What this means is that there can be a sudden shift in homework supervision: your child might go from doing homework with a parent every night one school term to being at an after-school club or with a relative the next.
The result: you can’t keep such a close eye on your child’s progress and they start to need some support outside the school environment to fill that gap. A tutor can be perfect for periods in family life where children don’t have homework supervision, or perhaps the curriculum gets too tricky for the parents own skill sets.
Your child starts putting off homework
Is your previously enthusiastic child suddenly less keen to do homework or get involved in school project work? Workload only increases as your child goes through the education system so it’s better to spot this warning sign early on – and get help by enlisting a tutor.
There’s a balance, of course. Most children will try and put off homework to a degree. But a change in enthusiasm levels can show that they might need some more structure with home learning. And it’s worth remembering that tutoring isn’t just to pass exams, it can help children learn time management and improve their ability to motivate themselves.
One particular subject becomes a problem
Children often have favourite school subjects: that’s normal, they’re unlikely to enjoy all areas of education right through school. But another sign your child might benefit from tutoring is when one subject becomes a problem.
If your child suddenly and consistently feels unable to understand, for example, maths, this might be a good time to get them some extra support. The benefit of tutoring as soon as a particular subject presents issues is that curriculums are varied, so by seeing them through a tough section, they’ll enjoy the subject more when it gets easier for them rather than being put off for life.
Homework or school reports start ‘disappearing’
‘The dog ate my homework’ – or did it? We can all relate to being ‘vague’ regarding the whereabouts of a less than perfect report card, but when homework or reports keep going AWOL, there could be a bigger issue.
Tutors can be called in just to help with homework – some children really benefit from this when they struggle with working independently from a teacher. If this sounds like your child, some short-term tutoring could help get them back on track, and you’ll find that things then stop ‘disappearing’…
Your child’s grades aren’t what they were
This is the most obvious sign your child might need a tutor. If your their grades, have started to slip, it could be that a tutor can help them get back to the level they were – or even better.
A useful tip here is to go and speak to your child’s class teacher. They might be able to guide you as to what tutoring your child would benefit from: they’ll have a first-hand view of when your child’s concentration starts to slip, and during which subjects they ask the most questions or seem to lose track.