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5 Things Every Parent Should tell Their Kid’s Tutor Over The Summer

Kids are enjoying some time away from the classroom this summer while playing outside or enjoying quality time with family and friends. Many students will work with a one-on-one tutor over the summer in order to catch up on difficult and complicated subjects or get ahead of the game by completing test prep or college applications before the school year starts up again. Sometimes students already know their tutor because they’ve worked with them during the year and, as a result, their supplemental educator already knows what’s going on in the student’s academic life. In other circumstances the tutor will be a brand-new element to the child’s education. Regardless, there are definitely a few things every parent should tell their kid’s Orange County tutor this summer.

Learning differences
One of the most helpful things a parent can discuss with their child’s tutor is any learning differences or preferences the child might have. If a child learns better visually or through auditory functions, that’s something the tutor should know before they make lesson plans geared toward that specific student. Additionally, if a student needs extra help concentrating or needs to have instructions given step-by-step the tutor will be better off being able to gear the session to that student if they know in advance.

Notes from the classroom teacher
Parents will meet with their child’s classroom teacher towards the end of the school year and can gain valuable information as to what would be helpful during any summertime supplemental educational program. The classroom teacher will have consistent experience with the student throughout the year and can suggest ways to help the child improve and comment on any specific strengths or weaknesses that particular student experiences.

Academic goals
Most students have general academic goals but, as they progress towards graduation, goals get a lot more specific. One student might want to get a B in Algebra II while another might want to learn calculus at an advanced level and attempt to get a scholarship to major in mathematics. When tutors conduct intensive learning programs over the summer they can help students reach these more specific goals because summer offers a period of time where students can concentrate on one subject or topic. It’s definitely a great idea for parents to sit down with the tutor at the first session and talk about anything in particular that will help the child meet their academic goals throughout the summer.

College dreams
A lot of college-bound students work with a tutor over the summer to prep for their SAT or ACT exam, fill out college applications, or get help with a personal statement. This is an excellent way for students to prep for college in general but the tutor can be a lot more helpful if they know what a student’s specific dreams are. Parents and teens should definitely talk with the tutor at the first session about what score they need to achieve on entrance exams, which universities they consider to be ‘reach’, ‘target’, or ‘safety’ schools, and any information their college counselor has given them.

Organizational issues
Last but certainly not least, parents should talk with their kid’s tutor about any organizational issues the student has had in the past year. Lack of organization often holds a student back from getting the best grades and doing their best work, the good news is that supplemental educators can often work one-on-one with a student and help them improve any organization or concentration issues they have. However, the process will go much smoother if the tutor knows ahead of time what triggers lack of focus or which topics and subjects make it especially difficult for a student to concentrate. Tutors should also know if organizational problems stem from a specific subject the student doesn’t like or if it’s just a general lack of organization that needs a creative solution.

Robyn Scott is a private English tutor at TutorNerds. 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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