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5 Reasons to Get Educational Support Early in the Year

Summer is over and kids are back in school. They are transitioning away from the park, beach, and arts and crafts table and back into the learning environment of the classroom. In addition to the initial transition, kids are adjusting to a new teacher, new friends, and new academic tasks. Kids that used to sail through the year in the past are more often in need of help; it’s no wonder with all of the added testing and pressure that has become part of a young student’s daily life. If they do end up needing a little help, it’s generally better to start early.

Make the transition all at once
Since kids are currently transitioning to a new school year, they are already undergoing an adjustment. If a tutor or mentor is introduced into the situation at this time, most kids will view the addition of a supplemental educator as a regular part of the transition rather than a signal that something went ‘wrong’ at school. It’s important for kids to view school and education as a positive thing, something to be enjoyed, as much as possible and it’s just as important that they view a tutor in this way. Starting out while things are still going well at school will usually set the tone for when more difficult concepts are introduced. If a kid knows they can meet with their supplemental educator and get help, they will often be less stressed about these new and challenging tasks.

Set standards for organization
Transitioning from summer to the school year presents a huge challenge when it comes to organization. Although students who participated in summer school or organized summer sports will probably be on track for general organization and structure, the school year asks a lot of kids. Sitting still for six hours and following directions without fail is difficult without help. When elementary level students work with a tutor, they have an opportunity to work on important organizational skills in the comfort of their own home. The earlier standards are set, the more likely students will be to survive and thrive throughout the year.

Avoid the frustration of falling behind
For the most part, a private tutor begins working with a student a few weeks, or even months, after they have started falling behind. This generally means the student is already frustrated and uninterested in school. Who can blame them? If they don’t understand what’s going on in the classroom, they will lose interest pretty quickly. If a student had trouble with reading comprehension last year, they will probably begin to struggle with this same topic this year. Tutors can often prevent students from falling behind in the first place. They can provide structure, e.g. encourage students to read for 15 minutes every night after dinner. They can encourage accountability, e.g. ask questions during their weekly sessions to check if their students completed and understood their reading. They can also provide support, e.g. help an overwhelmed student sound out tough words and learn everyday synonyms. Staying ahead is better than falling behind.

Get help with difficult concepts
Each school year will present challenging topics, many of which build upon one another. If a student is struggling with addition and subtraction, they will likely fall behind on multiplication and division. As a result, once they get to Algebra, they will probably be entirely overwhelmed by math concepts. Private tutors can help a child with difficult topics by taking away all other distractions and concentrating on that one problematic subject or concept in particular. While tutors of high school students often specialize in one or two subjects, tutors of elementary school children can often cover all or most subjects at that level. This can be a great benefit if a student needs help with long division and spelling, for instance.

Add a positive role model to the mix
Students may or may not like their particular school, peers, teacher, or classroom. As a result they will need to adjust one way or another. One thing students can have a say in is their supplemental education provider. Tutors can be excellent role models for education and help young students get excited about learning. If the personality match doesn’t work out the first time around, moms will be able to search for a new private tutor. If the student started with their tutor early in the year, they will have a chance to see if they can build a good rapport and foster mentorship that develops from a positive role model.

Robyn Scott is a private English tutor at TutorNerds of Orange County. She attended the University of California, Irvine as an undergraduate and the University of Southampton in England as a graduate student. She has worked with students from the United States, Japan, South Korea, the European Union, and Africa.

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