Tutoring is an investment in your child’s education, one you’re happy to make. You’ve invested time, money, and resources to provide this extra help so that your child can succeed and so that they can make the most of their valuable lessons. While it’s obvious what the tutor and the student need to do next, what’s your next step in the process?
Tutoring is like any other type of learning—it doesn’t stop when the dismissal bell rings. Here are five tips for keeping your student on the right track after they’ve come home from a tutoring session.
Be a partner in the process.
You may think that once you’ve enrolled your child in tutoring, your job is done. The truth is, if you want tutoring to succeed, you’ve just begun! Sit down with your child’s tutor and ask what can be done at home to reinforce the information on a regular basis, as well as give your child some “real-life” application.
Your child may be upset that she has not been able to master the material she’s been taught in school, and possibly embarrassed that she needs extra help. Reassure her that everyone needs a little help sometimes—and that you are proud of her for taking the extra steps she needs to succeed.
Be an example.
Learning is a lifelong process, which means even adults sometimes struggle to master new skills. Share your stories of such an experience, whether learning new software at work, learning to drive a stick shift, or mastering a new recipe. You can even take this a step further and study with your child—chances are it’s been awhile since you learned algebra, and by having your student show you what he covered in today’s tutoring session, he’ll see the process more clearly—and you get a refresher course!
Be a monitor.
Tutoring is an extension of your child’s school life, which means there will be extra assignments to work on, sessions to attend, and responsibilities to fulfill. Set up a schedule on a calendar in a family area, such as the kitchen, and keep track together of due dates and session times—and follow through to make sure they are complete, just as you do with their regular school assignments and activities.
Your child needs extra help, but that doesn’t mean her social life has to end. In fact, without a balance between spending time with friends and non-school related activities, your child may become resentful of the tutoring process—a sure path to failure. Make sure your child has time set aside for her own personal pursuits so that tutoring doesn’t seem like a punishment to her.
By letting both the tutor and your child know that you’re all in this together, you’ll find the collaborative effort makes the tutoring process less stressful, more effective, and a whole lot more successful.