What Are the Signs that Tutoring is Needed?

The most important relationship is the one between you and your child. This relationship can be tested if a child or teen is struggling and there is consistent conflict around homework, projects, tests, etc. Tutoring support can often ease these tensions as well as provide additional content support and learning strategies. Our tutoring offers a structured learning experience that helps to improve our students’ attitudes toward a subject matter, improves their self-esteem, and enhances personal growth.

So, when should you call Island Educational Services about our tutoring services? We advise families not to wait until a child or teen is failing; often a student has developed a defeated attitude and his or her self-esteem has taken a direct hit. Instead, please call us when the following situations start to occur:

1. Your child or teen does not want to discuss homework or projects. When asked about missing assignments, your child or teen promises they are completed or the teacher must have lost them. The missing assignments never turn up or your child suddenly has a large number of assignments that need to be completed before the end of a grading period.

2. Homework is taking longer and longer to complete.  Your child or teen starts to spend more and more time on homework and projects. S/he appears stressed when talking about homework or starts to miss opportunities with families and friends due to the amount of time spent on assignments.

3. Homework has started to stress the entire family.  Do you feel like you spend all of your time talking about homework, projects, and grades? Does your child start to cry when you sit down to help because s/he is worried that you will be disappointed? Does the entire family walk on egg shells during homework time? It’s important to go back to being Mom or Dad and let someone else work with your child or teen about homework and projects.  Parenting can be stressful enough!

4. Your child’s grades have started to fall.  Your teen, who has been doing well academically, starts to consistently make C’s and the occasional D. This often indicates a teen is starting to feel overwhelmed with the content or is having a difficult time staying on top of assignments.

5. Your child or teen is struggling with a content area and needs extra instruction. Sometimes it is easier to consider a tutor when a teen needs help with Chemistry or Pre-calculus and you do not have the expertise to help. Often, though, younger children need support with foundational skills in reading, writing, and math. Spending one or two hours a week with an expert in an area can improve outcomes even for younger students.