Parents of students who are struggling with particular subjects or concepts in school may have difficulty knowing when to seek help for their child – and students may also find it difficult to approach their parents when they are having those problems! If neither parent nor child knows when to try to pursue outside help, how will the student be able to raise their grades and succeed?
To help you navigate these difficult circumstances, here are some scenarios in which you might want to consider finding a tutor or other outside help:
- Your student is doing fine in all other subjects but is unable to keep up in one class.
Your child might confide in you that they are struggling with a particular subject, or you may notice that their grade in a certain class is lower than their other grades. Either way, this situation is best addressed as quickly as possible. Early struggles with core concepts will likely cause even high-achieving students to fall short later in the course. When students need help with a specific lesson, they might be able to get assistance directly from their teacher, or their teacher might be able to point them to a helpful resource (like a video or article).
- You are unfamiliar with the subject matter and cannot help your student at home.
It’s okay to be unfamiliar with what your child is learning in school, but if they are asking you for help that you cannot provide, that is probably a good indicator that it is time to pursue outside help. If your student can gauge their own performance, know when they are struggling, then feel confident in coming to you for help, they will likely be open to the fact that you might not be able to help them – then that is your chance to follow up with a solution to their problem. It might be a good family bonding experience to try to learn about the subject alongside them, but if that fails, it would be a good idea to seek out tutoring or assistance from someone who is very familiar with that field of study.
- Your student’s teacher suggests a tutor.
If your child’s teacher suggests a tutor, chances are the teacher knows what the student is struggling with. In this situation, it is a good idea to talk to the teacher to find out if the student is not comprehending the subject matter generally, or if the student is having difficulty with a specific concept or lesson. Once you have that information, you can determine how much and what kind of help your child needs. Additionally, as mentioned above, the teacher might know of a simple resource like a book or video that could help your student grasp those tough concepts.
Hopefully, these scenarios will help you have a better grasp of when to seek out tutoring or other outside help. For your other college planning and financial aid needs, feel free to contact EducationQuest!