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A lack of enthusiasm around school in general or in a specific subject is a red flag showing that your student is not enjoying their experience.  Elementary school kids usually love to learn.  If your child is in that age group and seems down, that’s a strong signal to you.  Check in and see what’s up.  But don’t make too many assumptions because your child may actually be bored!  Seeing the difference is where a trained tutor can really help.  Tutoring is great for kids who are behind, but it’s just as effective for students with excellent abilities.  A tutor can pick out immediately that a child is not challenged enough, and can accelerate their learning plan to match their abilities, and even make recommendations to change their academic career path.

Remember to talk to their teacher.  Don’t wait for parent – teacher night.  A teacher can help you for two reasons.  First, they have probably noticed that your child is suddenly not interested in a subject that they used to like.  If they aren’t aware then let them know.  Secondly, your teacher may have information that you are unaware of about what’s going on during the school day.  Together you may more quickly find where your student is struggling and give them the assistance they need.  It is important to get help sooner rather than later.

When you discover that your child is struggling academically, it is important that you identify their area(s) of difficulty and get them the best help you can find.  Finding a tutor that can help them in that subject or subjects should be done before the child develops negative academic patterns which can stay with them permanently.  The subject of math probably requires the most careful watch.

Math is a linear subject.  Each new chapter and in each new term, math courses build on the content of the last. Once a child begins to fall behind, they are going to stay behind until they get help, or they give up.  Delaying help risks more than grades, it erodes confidence, self-esteem, and that affects them socially in class, on the playground, and if it goes on too long, in their community.

Learn more about Hiring a Tutor and feel secure by understanding what a good tutor knows, and how they approach their work.