With the newly-implemented K-12 curriculum, students are expected to learn and do more vis-à-vis taking standardized assessments that determine their future.  Although some children can adapt well to the ever changing high demands in school, others lag behind even in subjects that they are usually good at.  What’s worrisome is that not all of them seek help from their parents or professionals.  As parents, be on the lookout for these tell-tale signs that your child might actually need a tutor.

1.  Slipping Grades

A failing grade is an automatic red flag.  If you have noticed a sudden drop or a gradual decline in your child’s test scores, it is a sign that s/he might have either (1) missed something in class, (2) not mastered a topic, or (3) not put in full effort in his/her studies.  If your child is getting low grades, it is better to address the issue as early as you can and sign up for tutoring.  A tutor can help your child raise his/her grades and performance in class.

2.  Being Consistently Confused

Sometimes the reason a child is not performing well in school is that s/he simply does not understand certain concepts.  It may be that the concepts are difficult to comprehend, or the manner in which they were taught in school does not suit your child’s learning style.  If your child is constantly confused, s/he might not keep up with the grade-level expectations.  To avoid this, hiring a tutor can help present information the way your child would best comprehend it.  A tutor can also teach your child different techniques to attack a lesson and make learning enjoyable.

3.  Avoiding Homework

If your child delays or abhors doing homework despite repeated reminders, it may be because your child is demotivated.  Constant procastination of doing tasks is a warning already that your child may not be able to keep up as schoolwork increases. So, hiring a tutor can (1) keep tabs on your child’s assignments, (2) improve his/her study habits, and (3) cultivate his/her self-motivation.

4.  Lacking Confidence

It is natural to have uncertainties when learning a new concept, but it becomes alarming when a child call himself/herself “dumb.”  If your child is saying that s/he is not smart enough to do well in school, assure your child that everyone learns differently.   You can also tell your child that working with a tutor may help him or her overcome his or her difficulties in school.  A tutor can help your child build up his/her confidence and self-esteem, which may then lead to active participation in class.

5.  High Anxiety Before Tests

Even students who generally excel in school get anxious about the idea of taking a test.  They worry about not passing or getting a low grade.  If your child feels petrified of taking a test, a tutor can help in conquering his/her fears by coming up with a study plan and test-taking strategies as part of test preparation.

Remember that it is better to seek help from a tutor as soon as you realize your child is struggling in school. Tutoring is a solution that can help any student perform well in school.  Whether your child gets straight A’s or has to work hard just to pass certain subjects, working with a tutor can equip him/her with better studying skills to improve grades.  Indeed, a tutor can help your child achieve academic success and, as a result, your child will enjoy school more.