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Doing the Math on Tutor Value

  Wednesday, July 21, 2021 by Brian Tingleff | General Tutoring

When a child becomes frustrated with their homework, or the pace of instruction in school, the result can be added stress at home for parents and children alike.  When that frustration occurs with high school coursework, the situation shouldn’t be overlooked.  Help from a classroom teacher before or after school may be one option to resolving a short-term stumbling block, but tutoring by an independent role model might be an important choice to consider.  But is it worth the money?

Unless you’re a parent with a degree in education, or possess a particular skill set in areas where your student struggles, it’s probably time to turn to a tutor.  Tutoring can be a very effective way to reduce your student’s frustration and stress.  Less frustration means an easier path to higher grades and educational success.    Achieving success with high school coursework is very important for the college-bound student.  

For example, establishing and maintaining a strong grade point average can mean the difference between attending a school that matches the interests of your student, or a less selective higher educational institution.   This can result in your student obtaining an education that matches his or her future career goals.  We find that many parents choose tutors for their student based on this point alone.  

Tutors are also independent, content experts who can often help to unlock the mystery in a specific subject area.  They enjoy the subject and can bring a special excitement to the content that parents simply don’t possess.  This excitement has an ability to “rub off” on frustrated students who may have begun to harbor negative feelings about the subject or doubt their ability to ever master the content.   Tutors have already mastered this content, are personally vested in helping students to succeed, and are eager to bring your student along!

An exceptional tutor is one who learns how to interpret the barriers faced by your student, and who has the time to find ways to nurture their understanding.  Classroom teachers face unique challenges that don’t always afford them the opportunity to work one-on-one with students, especially when new content is first introduced.  That’s why an important step in tutoring often includes establishing communication with the student’s classroom teacher to understand the content calendar and maintain a connection, while reinforcing classroom instruction with extra examples and ideas that bring another perspective to the academic content.   That added perspective may be just the thing that eliminates the stumbling block and ends the frustration.   As a parent, that’s money well spent.   For a classroom teacher, that’s a student who starts to “get it” and grows more relaxed in the classroom.

For some families, tutoring may be a short-term need until the “light turns on” in a particular subject.  For others, tutoring may be a longer-term solution to academic success.  Either way, the short-term financial expense and time commitment for tutoring may reduce or eliminate a poor academic grade or a lifetime of loathing of a subject.   For a college-bound high school student, it may mean readiness for more advanced coursework later in high school, achieving or maintaining a higher grade point average, more beneficial higher education options, and perhaps most importantly, access to merit and competitive scholarships to make college affordable.

If you wish to learn more about how our tutors can reduce your student’s stress and frustration, please reach out to us at collegetutorsia.com.  We assist Des Moines area families with tutoring and we would be happy to do the same for you!