07 May

Communication between you, the parent, and your child’s tutor is essential to the success of your child’s academic success. Without clear and open communication, your child may not reach the levels of success needed to do well at school. Consider yourself a vital partner in your child’s education, and get involved in what he is learning with his tutor.

First, ask your child’s tutor questions from the very first meeting. For example, you might ask about whether the tutor will assign homework, and how assessment will work to evaluate your child’s progress. You might also ask how the tutor will make learning engaging and comfortable.

Additionally, make goals with the tutor that emphasize the subjects and areas in which your child needs to improve. The objectives should be ones that the tutor, your child, and you can actually meet. The goals should also include more abstract goals than just raising grades or passing an exam. Add in goals like increased confidence, motivation, and effort.

Next, sit in on some of your child’s tutoring sessions, if possible. If you can’t, consider having your child or the tutor at least record the audio of a few sessions so you can listen later. This will help you stay on top of what your child is learning. Use the last few minutes of the session to discuss the areas the tutor covered with your child, what you can help your child practice in the coming week, and regularly discuss the progress your child is making toward all of her goals. Invite your child’s care provider to have these talks with the tutor if you cannot be there.

Finally, bring your child’s teacher into the picture. The teacher can provide feedback on how the child is doing in the areas in which the tutor is working with your child. The teacher can also let the tutor know about upcoming tests and lesson topics that the tutor can teach before any assessments occur.

Avoid giving up on tutoring after just a few weeks. Give it at least three months. It takes hard work to focus on improving academic subjects. It also takes work to establish, nurture, and maintain communication. In the end, however, it will help your child succeed.