When your child is not doing well in school, you may have no idea where to turn. You may first try working with your child yourself, but that could end in frustration. Instead of burdening this special parent/child relationship or hoping that your child will eventually “get it,” you may need to consider working with a tutor. A tutor can provide that needed boost to help your child learn a difficult concept or progress to the next grade. If your child is beginning to work with a tutor, here are some tips to make this relationship as strong as it can possibly be.
You must choose the tutor that is right for your child. Not only should your tutor be skilled in the subject with which he will be helping your child, but also he should be familiar with working with special needs students. You may be able to get recommendations from a teacher. However, before committing to one tutor, you must check his credentials and record to ensure that you feel comfortable with him.
The focus during any tutoring should always be on the child. If the child is uncomfortable or is not progressing, something different must be done. Do not feel pressured by your child’s teacher into not choosing a tutor. Instead, you must always ensure that your child is poised for the most academic success possible.
The tutor may use a teaching method that is different from what you would have used and that is different from what is used in the classroom. However, remember that all children learn differently. You may be surprised that a new method may be exactly what is needed to give your child a boost.
As in all areas of special education, communication is a vital part of making this process successful. You should let your child’s teacher know that a tutor is now working with him. You should also give the tutor reports from the teacher and vice versa. This is the best way to measure academic improvements.