Does Your Child Need a Tutor?

6 warning signs and tutoring strategies to help students succeed.

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Warning Signs That Your Child Needs Help.

  • Does he hate school and not want to go?
  • Is your child overwhelmed by the work load at school and/or the homework?
  • Do they say they are stupid? Do they lack self esteem ?
  • Does she take a surprisingly long time to complete a simple homework assignment?
  • Does he get easily distracted in class and/or while doing homework?
  • Review your concerns with their teacher. Does the teacher recommend extra help?

What Does Your Child Need?

Private Tutoring:
If your child has missed classroom instruction due to illness or missed some content or concepts due to changing schools, then tutoring will help. Tutoring is basically re-teaching and reviewing what has been taught in class. Tutoring is most effective for intermediate and high school students where the goal is to pass the course. Your tutor should be familiar with the curriculum and have the resources available to offer additional practice. To get the most benefit from an instructor the student should come prepared with questions, tests to review, and homework that is giving them some trouble. Look for a licensed teacher or an experienced tutor such as an engineer who is qualified in their field of instruction.

Academic Upgrading:
If your child is performing in school significantly below grade level because he/she has not mastered fundamental concepts and content of the previous grade, then an individualized, academic program is needed. Academic testing will identify these gaps. A qualified teacher can create a comprehensive and individualized program to bring the student up to grade level using curriculum based materials. Tutoring, in addition to the academic upgrading program can support him/her in their current grade but the focus is to bring the child up to grade level. Neuroscientists and educators agree that early invention is crucial to maintaining positive self esteem and motivation. Thus identifying problems with reading and math at an early age is important.  However, if you believe that your child has an underlying learning challenge you might want to consider cognitive training.

Cognitive Training:
If your child is struggling with reading, comprehending  and/or writing ;or has trouble understanding math concepts or has a lot of trouble processing information, then it is likely there is a learning disability. Traditional teaching can be very frustrating for this student. Consider cognitive training.  Brain training, based on proven neuroscience can strengthen the brain much like fitness training can strengthen the body. Cognitive learning programs for children though not widely known in Canada have been available for almost 20 years.  Look for programs validated by numerous scientific studies and provided by specially trained teachers.  Brain training can improve weak cognitive skills such as short and long-term memory, auditory and visual processing, attention and reasoning. Since cognitive training is an intervention outside of the school curriculum, follow up tutoring or academic upgrading may also be needed. A cognitive training program will strengthen the brain so that the student’s learning ability will improve. This can be life changing.


 Mr. Nashman is the director of Scholars Education Centre in Peterborough

He is a certified provider of the Fast Forword Program from Scientific Learning Corporation in Oakland, California.
Fast ForWord is a cognitive software program that targets the primary causes of most reading and learning difficulties.
Mr. Nashman has diversified experience in T.E.S.L., adult education, community economic development, co-operatives, financial planning, business consulting, and entrepreneurship.

With considerable help with his wife, a primary teacher, he has raised two children, one with special needs.

Author: Brian Nashman

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