As parents, it is your duty to support your children. When they are young, you do this in more concrete ways. You buy them clothes and food and you shelter them from harm. And in less concrete ways. You foster their moral character, you demonstrate values and ethics and you teach them important life lessons. Parents are teachers, too. This means parents can be helping their children through their tutoring journey just as much as the teacher.
Tutoring is not a one-stop shop. It’s a marathon that takes time and effort. For some kids, this journey is a few months long. For others, it can be years. Then, there are those who view learning as a lifelong process that never ends. For children, tutoring is an important step in their educational process. Especially if they’re falling behind in a specific subject area.
If you have a child in tutoring there are some crucial things you can do to facilitate their learning experience and ultimately make it a more successful one.
Be the Tutor at Home
Tutoring doesn’t have to end when you walk out of the learning center. When you’re at home, encourage your children to practice new lessons from tutoring. If they just had a math lesson on conversions, let them help you convert a recipe in the Metric system to the Imperial system. If they are seeking a tutor for writing, watch movies with the subtitles on to encourage creativity and develop a sense of story structure. Continually engage your children in their curriculum and they will learn better. In addition, they will see the connections between school and life.
Give Them Breaks
We know that learning makes children tired. The brain becomes exhausted after a day of taking in new information and meticulously sorting through it. Which is exactly what students do in school. If your child is showing symptoms of mental exhaustion, including; 1) Low energy; 2) Irritability; 3) Lack of interest in physical activity; or 4) Repetition of words or stories, allow them a break. Everyone gets exhausted, including adults. Take care of your child’s mental health first and foremost.
Talk to Them
Huntington Learning Center stands out from other tutoring centers because of our connection with our students and parents. This connection is cultivated through close relationships with the families we serve. We communicate constantly and want parents involved in the process as much as possible. This should be the case between students and parents as well. Parents, talk with your children about their tutoring. Ask them what they are learning and what they find helpful. Make sure you know what is going on in their sessions. Communicate with the tutors one-on-one. Teachers want to have strong relationships with parents. This is essential for growth and partnership.
Tutoring can feel isolated if you let it. Become more involved in the process through communication and partnerships. Parents, partner with the tutors. Students, partner with the center. Parents, partner with your kids. Before you know it, progress will prosper within your students and you will both notice the difference in school.