If your child has been struggling in school over the past year, summer is not the time to let him or her forget everything they learned. Many parents don't capitalize on the summer months when school is out, but this is the best time to continue your child's education with either personal, face-to-face tutoring, or an online tutor.
I would hate to suggest you curtail any kid's highly anticipated summer vacation, so we're not talking about summer school here. But if your child has been having a hard time in math, or english, or any subject over the past academic period, then summer is the best time to bolster their education and prepare them for the upcoming school year with a professional tutor.
There are some factors to consider when looking for the right tutor for your child:
- Does your child have a short attention span? If so, then working with an online tutor may prove quite difficult. You might want to consider a more personal approach with a tutor located near you that can work with your child in person. Most tutors are very flexible, and will either come to your home, or meet with you and your child in the local public library.
- Does your child have special needs? If so, you may not be able to find someone appropriately qualified close to your home. If this is the case, consider an online tutor. An online tutor can work with your child right at your home computer with you right next to them. Often online tutors will use email, chat rooms, digital whiteboards, or even voice internet phone services such as Skype, which will allow you to converse with them over your computer's microphone without having to pay any long distance phone bills.
- Is it difficult to schedule time for tutoring? If you're busy, and are away from home working quite a bit, there are even some tutors who will offer themselves as babysitters. You may pay them to tutor your child for an hour or so, and then pay a decreased rate to have them babysit your child for the rest of the day.
Of course, whenever you are looking for someone to work with your children, make sure you research and interview them thoroughly.
So don't let the summer go by without taking this opportunity to improve your child's education. You'll be thankful you did come September.
Tutor Match Tutoring and Homework Help is a free service which lets parents and students search for both online and personal, face-to-face tutors. You can find tutors for just about any subject, including (but not limited to) English and Reading?and Math.