I noticed how parents will often hire a tutor for math for their kids, but less so for reading. Today, my guest author Dusty Fox writes about what to expect from a reading tutor.
How Tutoring Can Help Your Child Learn to Embrace Reading (and Education!)
If you are a parent who loves to read, it can certainly be saddening and even frustrating if your child doesn’t share that same passion. Not only does reading have the ability to bring joy to an individual’s life–regardless of age–but it is often closely related to our ability to do well in formal learning and work environments. If your child doesn’t enjoy reading, this may lead to difficulties in the classroom and could even be directly linked to future issues in high school, college, and work.
Fortunately, anyone can learn to enjoy reading. Parents and children have a valuable resource in the growing network of qualified tutors across the country. Even children who claim to “hate” reading, move at a very slow pace, or give up before completing assigned reading projects can learn techniques to be able to read more efficiently and better process the information. These are the critical components needed for future success. Here are just a few of the ways in which tutoring can help your child become a better reader and have a more positive schooling experience:
Tutors customize their approach for each student.
Unlike the teaching that takes place in a classroom setting, tutors work one-on-one with students to provide individualized guidance. They customize their approach based on the needs of each student, which means your child will be able to learn in such a way that works best for him or her. If your son is a visual learner, his tutor can teach him how to develop charts or maps with the most important information he reads, using that as a study tool to process and remember key information. On the other hand, if your daughter does best learning from and remembering information in short snippets, they can work together on creating bulleted fact lists or breaking up long-format reading into shorter pieces. Kids who work with a tutor learn to identify and work with their best learning methods.
Tutoring leads to increased confidence and self esteem.
Students who work with a tutor not only experience better performance at school, but they also feel more positively about themselves. They learn that they are capable of working through things that challenge them and feel proud for overcoming obstacles. Tutoring teaches kids not to be afraid of difficult subject matter or topics, and that they are smarter and stronger than they may believe! This valuable lesson can greatly impact their outlook on life and ensure they set high goals for themselves instead of underestimating their own abilities.
Dusty Fox is a full-time world traveler and freelance writer who contributes to the Ivy Trainers network. Visit the Ivy Trainers website to learn more about the services they offer.