As your child’s parent, you are well aware of how important it is for them to succeed in their education. This is why many parents turn to online tutoring for support when they can’t find it in school.
However, many parents don’t consider how to make sure their child has the best chance of success with this learning method.
How to Make Sure Your Child is Successful with Online Tutoring
In this blog post, we will discuss four simple tips that you as a parent can follow to make sure your child is successful with online tutoring.
#1 Matching Your Child’s Personality to the Right Tutor
There are a few things to consider when trying to find the right tutor for your child.
You should provide:
- Subject area(s) of difficulty
Consider mentioning your child’s personality because it will help match him with the right tutor. Furthermore, adding a statement about your child’s preferences will help the tutor create engaging and fun activities.
Make a List of Favorite Things:
- Games he loves
- Favorite television shows
- Outdoor/indoor activities he enjoys
- Favorite foods and colors
Other important considerations when choosing an online tutor:
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- What are their qualifications?
- How much experience do they have teaching your child’s subject?
- Do they specialize in the type of tutoring your child needs?
#2 Assessing Your Child’s Needs for Online Tutoring
Assessing your child’s specific needs takes cooperation from parents, teachers, and any other professionals who work with him or her.
For example, when your child has an IEP, teachers, and parents should review:
- Goals and objectives in the IEP
- What areas the child is struggling with
- Possible strategies to address the lack of progress
Communicating these results to the child’s tutor will allow the tutor to formulate a one-on-one curriculum focusing on your child’s needs.
#3 Your Child’s Disability and the Online Tutoring Sessions
A child’s disability can be an essential factor in determining the success of one-on-one tutoring.
Specific Learning Disabilities
When your child struggles with a learning disability, the tutor’s approach can make all the difference.
For example, many children have trouble understanding language and reading comprehension, which are critical to academic success. In these cases, tutors may use visual supports like picture graphs or diagrams to explain concepts and ideas.
And for children with auditory processing difficulties, the tutor can break down spoken language into more manageable pieces. The tutor may also provide him time for comprehension before presenting new information.
Similarly, tutors may use a voice recorder or text-to-speech software to facilitate verbal communication if the child has difficulty speaking or provide opportunities for input if the child has difficulty using a keyboard.
Although many children appear to enjoy their interactions with a tutor online, there are aspects of online tutoring that can present challenges.
For instance, a child who has difficulty sitting in a chair and attending an online session may need parent support when they begin a tutoring program.
The tutor may also need to be mindful of the child’s physical abilities and work around them. For example, suppose a child has difficulty typing or using a mouse due to fine-motor skill issues. In that case, they will likely require an alternative technology solution for online tutoring (e.g., voice recognition software).
#4 Teach Your Child About an Online Tutoring Session
The best way to ensure that your child is successful with online tutoring is to teach them how to use it effectively.
Explain the logistics of how to use online tutoring. For instance, your child may need to know how to log in and out of the tutor’s online platform.
Talk about what their responsibilities are as a student. For example, the child needs to prepare for their lesson with a pencil, paper, and headphones ready.
Your child should be aware of any time limits or due dates. For instance, your child needs to know when it is time for their tutoring session on what days and how long each session will be. You can provide them with a calendar of the days they will have a tutoring session.
#5 Trust Your Child’s Tutor
Online tutors are skilled professionals who have proven abilities in the areas of education and online technology. Of course, parents should be active in their child’s education. But, it is also essential to trust the tutor and step back and let her take over during the session.
Communication between the tutor and parent outside of the tutoring sessions is essential for both parties to give and receive feedback, noting that the child’s well-being is central to the program.
Additional Resources for Online Tutoring
Children with learning and developmental disabilities often have gaps in academic skills. As a result, parents have retained tutoring services to accelerate their children’s progress in school. In addition, the convenience of online tutoring allows children to meet with their tutor from the comfort of their own home.
Our special education online tutoring provides a one-on-one special education tutoring model that specifically aligns with each child’s needs. It can be done from anywhere the student is! Why? Because our special education experts conduct their sessions online!
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What experience have you had with online tutoring? Share your tips in the comments below.
Here are additional resources you may find helpful:
- Why Virtual Tutoring Works and Reasons Your Child Will Love It
- Online VS In-Person Tutoring
- Special Needs Tutoring High School
- Traditional Tutoring Vs. Special Education Tutoring