How To Know when a Fifth Grader Needs a Tutor

A child’s elementary or primary education is a determinant of whether or not he will be able to adapt to his high school and tertiary education. A child’s basic knowledge and understanding of things in the initial stages of development is important because this will serve as a foundation for his future. Therefore, primary education should not be taken for granted and if educational aid is needed, it should be asserted.

Determining whether your child is in need of assistance in school or a tutor is a difficult talk. One, because as a parent you tend to be subjective towards your child and two, indicators or manifestations of difficulties in school are hard to predict if you are not very keen on the expected developmental milestones of your child as they age.

If as a parent, you feel that there something not quite right about your child’s behavior towards school, you might want to consider getting your child a tutor. Nonetheless, first things first, you must think that your child is not alone and there are a lot of other children out there who are challenged the same. Furthermore, you can verify your maternal or paternal instincts by asking yourself the following questions.

  • Are my child’s grades beginning to drop?
  • Is your child unable to improve his performance at school no matter how hard he tries?
  • Is your child discouraged? Or has he lost all motivation to come to school to learn?
  • Is your child taking home-unfinished work from the classroom?
  • Does your child break down to tears when asked to study at home?

If your answer is yes to one or more of these questions, then it is highly possible that your child is in need for professional educational support. To further help you determine if your child is in need of a tutor, here are a few simple steps to consider and follow.

  • Meeting. Set a meeting with your child’s teacher and try to find out her expectations from her students. Involve yourself by telling the teacher that you want to partake in your child’s learning in continuing his education at home. Give the teacher your contact details so she can keep in touch with you with regards to your child’s progress.
  • Observe your child in the classroom. As a parent, it would be very beneficial to show your involvement in your child’s schooling by making yourself visible once in awhile in his school. This way, you can also observe his behavior in class and troubleshoot any behaviors that need to be addressed.
  • Quiz your child. In doing so you are able to determine if he is having any difficulties with the basics like math and spelling. If you see that your child is having trouble learning, discuss possible solutions with the teacher to tell if extra one on one lessons are needed.
  • Monitor your child. This goes in terms of checking in his study habits to ensure that he is doing sufficient time doing schoolwork. If anything you notice that studying is a very difficult time for him, get a tutor.

Remember that getting a tutor does not make your child less adequate or capable compared to his schoolmates and friends. No two children are the same, and it is best to educate them in the manner that allows them to learn more.


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