Many children are struggling with schoolwork, especially after a year of schooling being at least partially online. Luckily the school system is not your only option. One solution that we have seen children excel in is virtual tutoring.
Will My Child Benefit from Virtual Tutoring?
If your child exhibits any of the following, he will benefit from virtual tutoring:
- Struggling to learn in school
- Behind A Grade Level (Or More) In A Specific Subject
- Gets frustrated With Homework or studying
- Regressed due to missing time in school
Why Virtual Tutoring Works & Reasons Your Child Will Love It
The following are responses from parents that are inquiring about tutoring for their child.
#1 “It’s just video games!! I can download and install a program myself!”
Has this been your reaction to online learning? Maybe your child hasn’t had the right online learning experience! Virtual tutoring is personalized to what YOUR child enjoys and needs, not others.
The educators are experts at finding what makes your child want to learn. You tell us a bit of what they enjoy, and we will create engaging lessons!
When working with a child to determine where they need help with school, the tutor will build a relationship and gather information to determine what your child needs most and how to tackle it. It might not even look like a “test”! And your child will think it is fun!
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#2 “My kid hates school. There’s no way he’ll have fun with virtual tutoring!”
We know ALL the tricks. We start by taking away whatever’s frustrating –
- If they’re behind on content, we begin where they are.
- If it’s too many problems or too many words, we start small.
Kids need to experience success to feel safe enough to fail at a more challenging activity. They also need to be taught in a way that they can relate to.
Example of a Successful Tutor Experience
Consider my friend Andrew. Andrew HATES school. Mom says the only thing he ever talks about is basketball. Andrew ONLY wants to do activities related to basketball.
Andrew shuts down every day at school. After all, he can only talk about basketball at PE because his teachers say it’s not related to academics, and therefore not relevant to the current topic.
Andrew comes home from school upset every day because he can’t see how anything he’s learning relates to the only thing he cares about – basketball. He doesn’t care about it; therefore, it doesn’t stick.
Andrew continues to fall behind in school because he now feels like no one will teach him what he wants to learn. His IEP can’t dictate that the material be interesting, just that it teaches the skills he needs.
Andrew doesn’t have to hate learning, even if he hates school. EVERY activity Andrew does with virtual tutoring can be about basketball while still hitting all the subject areas!
- Reading – read about famous players through literature and historical fiction
- Math – comparing numbers, adding and subtracting, measurement, even probability, and statistics
- Science – physics, chemistry, and biology all related to basketball
- History – what was happening at the time of that famous game?
With unlimited resources online, virtual tutors s can be as creative as they want. They know how to take a simple video of a jump shot and turn it into a complex math problem and make a child WANT to solve the problem!
#3 “Video Games? If my child is playing a video game, he isn’t learning anything!”
Video games don’t play themselves. They require quite a few skills that children can learn.
- Time management skills
- Social interaction
- Spatial orientation
- Fine motor skills
These skills are hard to reinforce in a traditional learning environment, especially when other students are involved. When kids get to work online one-on-one with an experienced educator, they get instantaneous feedback and no audience (or their OWN audience if that’s what they enjoy!).
Non-Educational Games Can Be Used As:
- Opportunities to practice social skills
- Modeling and guiding communication in a non-threatening manner
Educational games allow students to enjoy the content they’re working on and reinforce knowledge without fear of failure of something being “graded.”
#4 “Even something like Fortnite?? How can THAT be educational?”
- How do you know which direction you’re heading to meet up with your team? You have to understand how to read a map and find coordinates.
- Want to succeed with a group? You have to communicate and follow directions!
- How do you know what your items do if you can’t read the descriptions? Want to purchase skins? You need to be able to compare numbers and determine if you have enough points!
The right teacher can turn any interest into an educational lesson, which makes virtual tutoring so engaging.
#5 “But my kid is so far below grade level, they’re so disengaged!”
An experienced special education tutor identifies gaps you didn’t even know existed. These gaps in foundational skills frustrate kids when they get older and still haven’t met expectations.
By identifying and addressing those gaps strategically, that progress slowly trickles over to their school work.
For example, Andrew’s mom didn’t know that he was still having trouble with his multiplication facts, so that’s why he was having trouble with Algebra. He understood algebra but couldn’t do the basic math within the problem.
When the teacher addressed that skill gap during a tutoring session (by problem-solving jump shots vs. free throws), Andrew wasn’t afraid to try his algebra homework. He even started asking for help with other subjects. He just needed someone who knew where to look and how to engage his interest.
Additional Resources for Virtual Tutoring
What questions do you have about tutoring? Drop them in the comments below. Check out the other resources we have about virtual tutoring and helping your child with learning.
Here are additional articles you may be interested in:
- 6 Reasons Why Online Tutoring is the Best
- Academic Regression in School What You Need to Know as a Parent
- Fun Tricks To Learning Math In The Summer
- 5 Ways to Get Help for a Child Struggling With Reading
Do you have a child that needs one on one assistance?
We offer one-on-one special education tutoring that can be done from anywhere the student is! Why? Because our special education experts conduct their sessions online!
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