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Should I Hire a Tutor for My Elementary School Student?

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For many parents, the decision to hire elementary school tutors is daunting. Some questions like these may come to mind:

Does my elementary school student really need a tutor?

They have resources in school—won't they catch my child up?

Will my child feel like seeing a tutor is a punishment?

My child spends so many hours at school already. Do they really need a tutor in their out-of-school hours?

However, if your child is struggling with academic difficulties,a tutor can alleviate a great deal of stress.

Help Set Your Child on the Right Path

Often, learning gaps don’t improve with time. If a student has missed vital material in the early days of elementary school, they may not always have the chance to go back and relearn that material.

Suppose, for example, that your child has missed blended sounds in reading. While your child may eventually pick up on those blended sounds through repetition, in the meantime, they may miss the ability to decode more complicated words.

If your child misses some basic money math skills in early elementary school, dealing with word problems as they get older may become increasingly challenging. Worse, the longer those gaps go unaddressed, the more your child may struggle later.

By working with a tutor, you can help set your child on the right path and ensure that your child doesn’t suffer from those gaps unnecessarily. A tutor can help break down the challenges your child is facing, identify any learning gaps, and provide them with the tools they need to succeed.

Address Learning Loss

Studies show that children nationwide suffered from "significant" learning loss due to virtual learning during the pandemic. The longer a child spent learning virtually, the more learning loss that child might have suffered. The learning loss displays even more clearly in students with disadvantaged backgrounds or disabilities.

If your child suffered learning loss during the pandemic, there's still time to set it right! A tutor can provide your child with access to more activities, support, and information, helping them get back to grade level or on par with their peers.

Learning loss can pose immense challenges for your child as their academic requirements progress. Working with a tutor can help address those issues before they become more serious—or even potentially hold your child back down the road.

Build More Confidence

A lack of confidence can be just as detrimental to your child's academic success as actually failing to grasp the material. Students who suffer from low self-esteem or low perceptions of competence often underperform in many academic areas.

They may be reluctant to try new things. They might second guess themselves, causing them to have consistently low test scores even though they seem to understand the material. At its worst, a lack of confidence can cause your child to fail without ever having the chance to try.

Imagine this scenario—your child has read something aloud in reading class and gets several words wrong. The teacher corrects them gently, but they feel very embarrassed about the mispronunciation. As a result, your child no longer wants to read in class and might even consider themselves a "bad reader."

Your child could carry that mindset with them throughout the rest of their education—and it could eventually prevent them from doing many of the things they want to do or inhibit their overall academic success.

When your child works with a tutor, on the other hand, they will have the opportunity to build confidence in a one-on-one environment. They won't be surrounded by peers who might mock her for a mistake or feel on the spot the way they might in even a small group setting.

A tutor focused on your child can also help gently guide them, correct their mistakes, and give them more confidence as a student. As a result, your child will be more likely to try hard things—even if they don't get them right the first time—and to feel confident about tests, quizzes, and other academic material.

Improve Attitude and Motivation

Some teachers just aren't a good fit for some students. The teacher's teaching style and the student’s learning style may simply not line up, which may make it incredibly difficult for that student to feel motivated in the classroom.

Many students quickly develop a bad attitude about school in general. Perhaps some of these statements sound familiar:

But I don't like school!

Why do I have to do homework?

My teacher hates me!

If your student is struggling with a poor attitude about school in general—and an overall lack of motivation when it comes to getting schoolwork done—a tutor can help. Elementary school tutors can work one-on-one with students, which means they can find the specific motivators that are best for each student.

Maybe your student is reward-oriented, and a sticker chart (including a virtual one!) can make a big difference in their overall performance. Perhaps they are praise-oriented and just need to know that they’re doing well—a tutor can provide that recognition.

A tutor can also present information in a way more in line with a student's learning style. Children are naturally curious and want to learn more about the world around them. When presented with information in the right way, they're much more likely to embrace that learning and those opportunities.

If you notice your child struggling with challenges in the classroom, from motivation issues to trouble meeting academic standards, working with a tutor could help overcome those challenges. With a private tutor, you can reawaken your child's natural love of learning, increase their confidence, and improve their academic performance—all with less frustration than simply trying to get through homework time on your own.

Don't go at it alone—TutorMe can help connect your child with a partner solely dedicated to their academic success. Get started today!

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