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Doing it yourself – Tutoring No ratings yet.

So you decided that instead of hiring a tutor, you want to sit down and help your child with their school work yourself. Here is a few tips on how to be a successful tutor for your child.

 

The first thing you should do is to set up a tutoring schedule with your child. This schedule must be agreed upon by both of you and has to be routine (i.e happen at the same day and time each week). Why? So that your child will know that from 6-7:30 each Monday and Wednesday they can’t do anything else but tutoring. Stick to this schedule like glue. If you give your children a routine schedule you have more success in getting them to show up prepared and ready to complete those tasks.

 

When you are just starting out be sure to get a feel for what level your child’s skills currently lie. Ask them a few question from each chapter they have covered in school to determine how much of the material they have grasped. If they can’t do a question, see whether it’s just that single problem they are having issues with or if they are struggling with a basic foundation / knowledge gap.

 

Once the assessment is done go back and start filling those gaps. For example, you may find that your child can’t do word problems in math, not because they don’t understand it or can’t set it up, but because they are making mistakes in simple multiplication or division. Re-teach them the basic concept and be sure to give them enough practice so that they understand it fully.

 

Once you fill in the knowledge gaps, get started with the actual curriculum. Start with a few easy questions to warm them up then move onto questions that are more challenging. This will help your child build up the crucial confidence all successful students have. Building confidence in students is the main goal for a tutor. A confident student will be more inquisitive, care more about doing well, and be more willing to sit down and tackle homework. Once they get used to the level of questions you are giving them, take it up a notch and give your child more challenging questions to do. The trick is not to make the questions so easy that they will get bored and at the same time not to make them too difficult that they give up. Don’t get agitated or upset with your child if they are trying but can’t get the question right. Children don’t like seeing their parents upset with them and they could very well decide to quit the whole thing if it gets you frustrated each time. A good tutor is a patient tutor.

 

The key in tutoring is persistence. Sometimes it’s hard to know just how many hours/week you should be helping your child with school work. Usually much more time is needed to bring a child back on track, but once they catch up then the number of hours is drastically reduced. If you are unsure of the hours then contact your child’s teacher or the school’s guidance counselor. Remember, the sooner you get your child on track, the more time you will save and the higher chances of success you will have in doing it yourself tutoring!

 

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Thank you for visiting MyGradeBooster Tutoring Services of Vancouver on the web. We offer Grades 1-12. Please contact us if you have any questions about MyGradeBooster Tutoring Services. MyGradeBooster Tutoring Services proudly serves Vancouver, British Columbia and the surrounding areas. We work hard to be your choice for grades 1-12 tutoring in Vancouver!

 

 

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It doesn’t take long for a parent looking for  Vancouver tutors to realize just how many tutors are available for hire. Typing a simple phrase such as ‘Vancouver  tutors in math’ or ‘in home tutors in Vancouver’ in the Google search bar brings out loads of tutor directories and tutoring companies for you to start reading and sorting through. Tutoring is not regulated in Vancouver so that means anyone can call themselves a ‘tutor’ and advertise for students. There are certain steps you can take to make sure your experience with your Vancouver tutors and tutoring is a pleasant one rather than a frustrating waste of time and money.

 

So how do I make sure my child gets the very best Vancouver tutors he/she deserves?

 

Well, if you are hiring an independent tutor you need to do all the background checks yourself. This includes making sure the tutor actually knows his/her stuff. You’d be surprised how many tutors that we interview actually fail the test in the subject they applied for to tutor! Just like us, you need to have a screening process to make sure the tutor’s knowledge is tested. It doesn’t matter if the tutor has a teaching certificate, or has a masters or Ph.D. degree. Some tutors just don’t know their stuff or have a hard time communicating what they know to a young audience and you need to eliminate these tutors before you waste your time and money. You also need to check references and ask for a police background check. Remember, you are inviting this person into your home to work with your kids. Being diligent in your background checks gives your a better chance for a successful tutor fit for your child.

 

If you are hiring a tutoring company then this process is done for you. However, what you need to keep in mind is that tutoring companies are NOT created equally. So make sure to ask about their tutor screening process. A good company should screen their potential tutors based on the following criteria:

 

  • knowledge of tutors in the subjects they wish to teach
  • communication skills and their ability to convey information to a young audience
  • interpersonal skills and personality of the tutors
  • reference checks from previous parents and students they tutored
  • a current police background check

 

 

– MyGradeBooster Vancouver Tutoring Services

Thank you for visiting MyGradeBooster Tutoring Services of Vancouver on the web. We offer Grades 1-12. Please contact us if you have any questions about MyGradeBooster Tutoring Services. MyGradeBooster Tutoring Services proudly serves Vancouver, British Columbia and the surrounding areas. We work hard to be your choice for grades 1-12 tutoring in Vancouver!

 

 

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