We wanted to create a list of some useful tips/suggestions for parents. It is a compilation of things that we have found to bring the most success in achieving the academic goals of our students. We are sure many of you already know most of these tips; however, there may be some that you did not consider. We hope this helps provide a bit of insight as to how to best help your kids reach their academic goals and make the most of their tutoring sessions.
Suggestions for Parents – Involving Tutors & Teachers
1) Communicate regularly with your child’s tutor(s) and teacher(s) about your student’s
progress – Make sure that you are regularly checking in with your child’s tutor(s) and teacher(s) about their progress. They might be able to provide you with some insight as to why your student is underperforming, or why they think they have suddenly improved. Your child’s tutor may alert you to some issues that you may have not noticed before; for example, if your child is depressed, unmotivated, tired, anxious, etc. Additionally, they may also notice positive changes; for example, that working with your child earlier in the day makes them more alert and more likely to pay attention and retain information. All in all, it is essential to have open communication with your child’s tutor(s) and teacher(s) to ensure you are all on the same page.
2) Share info with tutors about your student’s grades – Let your tutor(s) know what areas your child is struggling with the most (i.e. tests, participation, homework, projects, etc.). If you share this info with your tutor, they will have more insight as to how to help your child. Again, our tutors are there to guide your children and to help them reach their academic goals; the more information they have, the more likely they will be able to accomplish these goals.
3) Ask your child’s teacher(s) if they are open to communicating with our tutors – We find that students are the most successful when they have a group of people that are invested in working together to help the student succeed. If the tutors are able to communicate with your child’s teacher(s), the teachers are able to offer valuable insight as to what the tutor(s) should focus on, in order to help your child succeed in school. If parents, tutors, teachers, and the students are working together towards a common goal, the student is more likely to succeed.
4) Talk to your child’s tutor(s) about your goals and expectations – It is essential that, right from the start, you talk to your child’s tutor(s) about your goals. Let them know what you hope to gain from tutoring, besides the obvious (aka better grades). Let them know about any challenges your child has faced along the way and what you hope to gain from having our tutor(s) work with them. The more aware the tutors are about your expectations, the more likely they are to help your child reach those goals.
5) If a tutor is not working out, let us know – Please make sure that the tutor(s) we assign for your child are a good fit and that they are meeting the academic needs of your child. If a tutor is not a good fit, please let us know and we will work towards finding a tutor that is a better fit. We all share a common goal, which is to ensure that our students are succeeding academically; the best way to achieve that is by ensuring that they are working with the right tutor for them.
Suggestions for Parents
1) Set a regular schedule – Most students function best when they have a regular schedule that they follow. Make sure to set aside a time when your children are supposed to be studying, so that they become accustomed to studying at a certain time of day, even when tutoring is not taking place.
2) Make sure your kids get enough sleep – We all know how vital it is for students to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep during the night, especially when it comes to retaining information; therefore, make sure that you set a curfew for your kids and that you implement it. Additionally, make sure that your home is quiet and conducive for them, to get a good night’s sleep, when it is time for them to go to bed.
3) Make sure your kids have enough time to eat before the tutoring sessions – Although it might seem like we are stating the obvious, we cannot stress enough how important it is that your kids not be hungry during the tutoring sessions. Make sure that you schedule your tutoring sessions during a time that gives your child enough time to eat after school. When kids are hungry, they find it hard to concentrate and to retain information.
4) Check your student’s grades on a regular basis – Make sure you make use of the resources provided to you by your student’s school – this particularly applies to junior high and high school students. Many schools now post grades online. Every student/parent has a unique username and password that they can use to login and check their students’ grades. Many teachers update the grades on a fairly regular basis. If you are up to date on your child’s grades, you will be more likely to spot an issue when it arises and to let your child’s tutor know where your student is struggling the most.
5) Set realistic goals and encourage your student – Make sure that you do not put too much pressure on your child. You want to talk to your child and set a goal together that will require work and dedication, but that is also attainable. Once your child reaches that goal, make sure to praise them for their achievement while encouraging them to keep working towards achieving more goals. By setting these smaller goals, it is easier for your child to be able to succeed and they are less likely to give up because they are not overwhelmed by a large goal that seems impossible to attain. Your child will also enjoy feeling a sense of accomplishment and pride, after reaching these smaller goals, and they will be more motivated to set more goals and to work towards achieving them.