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How to Get the Most Out of Your Child’s Tutor

Hiring a private tutor can have a positive impact on your child’s education. A tutor can focus your student’s time on what they need to understand, not what they already know. To accurately establish a timeframe, syllabus, and assessment of a student’s needs, a tutor requires a collaborative relationship. Whether your 3rd grader needs a math tutor or your high schooler is focused on SAT prep, the following ideas will help get more out of your child’s tutor:


1. Allow Enough Time for the Tutor to Help

Be diligent about when you schedule tutoring. By tracking your child’s progress, you can find help for them as soon as they start having difficulties. Don’t wait until the day before an exam, either. For example, if your student needs science tutoring and is struggling to learn the periodic table, find a tutor before the syllabus advances to analyzing chemical reactions. Substantial improvements take time.

2. Provide the Tutor with an Idea of What to Cover

Your child’s tutor should know what is being covered in class. They might have advanced knowledge, but only teaching at an appropriate level will help. A course syllabus, homework examples, and sample problems from tests are useful. Make sure your child brings their school notes and textbooks to tutoring sessions so a tutor can structure study sessions accordingly.

3. Schedule Tutoring Sessions at the Best Times

Your child will have difficulty learning after a long day of classes. Therefore, schedule science, math, NYSED Regents, or AP exam tutoring after your student has wound down from a long school day. They should be alert and focused. Also, make sure the session is set up in a comfortable place and where there are few distractions.

4. Encourage Your Child to Ask Questions

Talk to your child about always being honest. If they don’t understand something, it’s okay—a tutor is there to explain concepts so a student can understand them. There’s no fear of asking a silly question and being embarrassed in class. A student’s feedback is vital to helping a tutor choose the best teaching methods and learning materials.

5. Establish a Long-Term Relationship

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One or two tutoring sessions are rarely enough. A tutor can assess what a child knows and how they learn. Ongoing tutoring enables an instructor to find an approach that works best and to establish a rapport with a student, which helps them learn academic subjects and prepare for exams more effectively.

Make the Right Decisions for Your Child’s Education

Learning comes with many challenges and roadblocks. From subject tutoring to SAT prep classes, there are many options. At JM Learning, you’ll find access to private tutoring at any academic level, as well as crash courses. Browse our website to find an SAT prep tutor, insights that can be found in an SAT prep book, or opportunities to work on subjects or test prep individually or in small groups. To learn more, call 718-975-2665 today.