Today, getting a tutor for a child having difficulties with math is a normal course of action to take. If your child needs help with understanding certain concepts in geometry, algebra, calculus, or with applying the unitary method in grade 2, there is nothing wrong with asking other parents or going online to find a tutor for your little one.
Hiring a tutor or enrolling a child in a tutorial program, in general, is a popular option among parents. It is something that many parents decide to do to help their kids excel at or meet the demands of a difficult subject (or more than one). It is one of the best ways parents can show their love and support for the children who are having a hard time keeping up with their schoolwork.
Working with Your Child’s Tutor
As a parent, your role in your child’s academic progress won’t stop or be diminished if you decide to enroll your child in an after-school math tutorial program. Your youngster will experience more benefits from a tutorial program if you have a good working relationship with his tutor.
To make sure you and your child’s tutor are on the same page regarding his improvements and continuous progress in math, follow these helpful tips:
Practice constant and open communication
Communication is one of the vital pillars of a tutoring process. From the start, ask questions if you have any, share your feedback and raise any concerns you might have about the program. Make sure the tutor has all the necessary information regarding the key needs and preferences of your child as well.
Before scheduling a talk with the tutor or learning center, come up with a list of questions regarding their procedures and policies. Get details about their assessment process and their teaching methodologies as well.
Set clear goals for the tutorial program
Before the formal tutorial program starts, create a list of goals that you want your child to achieve. Discuss these goals with the tutor. Ensure you highlight the particular concepts or areas your kid needs help with.
When coming up with your list of goals, talk to your child. Also, keep in mind that a tutor isn’t just a person you hire to help your child do his math assignments or review for an upcoming test. If your child needs help with this subject, work with the tutor to ensure that the whole problem will be tackled and not just one area will be solved or managed.
One goal that you should never forget to list is to see a change in your child’s attitude towards math. Aside from getting higher grades, your tutor should also play an important role in changing your youngster’s negative perceptions about math, and in the process inspire the student to actively participate in studying it.
Involve your child’s teacher
For your child to benefit more from the tutorial program, inform his teacher about this after-school activity. It is important that the teacher and tutor work together so that they are on the same page in terms of the lessons and goals.
If possible, schedule parent-teacher conferences and tutor meetings to coincide with the time your child gets his progress report. It is essential that the tutor communicates with your child’s teacher to get feedback on his performance in the classroom. They don’t even have to meet personally; they can correspond by email or private messages. Just make sure your kid’s tutor and teacher coordinate regularly.
Lastly, aside from finding a good tutor and bringing your child to the tutorial center during his sessions, you also need to take a proactive role in the whole process. At the very least, at the end of each session, ask the tutor what topics they covered today and what difficulties your child encountered. Ask the tutor how you can help reinforce what your child learned from the session.
Although this may mean relearning continuity and different ability and other mathematical concepts so that you can give some exercises for your child to work on at home, your efforts will be rewarded in the end.
Your role in helping your child overcome his fear or dislike of math and getting higher grades doesn’t stop at finding a good tutorial center and bringing him here every session. For your child to get more from each tutorial lesson, you must be totally involved in the process and have a good working relationship with the tutor.
Maloy Burman is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Premier Genie FZ LLC. He is responsible for driving Premier Genie into a leadership position in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education space in Asia, Middle East and Africa and building a solid brand value. Premier Genie is currently running 5 centers in Dubai and 5 centers in India with a goal to multiply that over the next 5 years.