Parents always aspire to provide the best for their children. They want them to have the best social experiences, academic paths and career lives. They want to provide a multitude of opportunities for their children, ensuring that they are receiving the best education available. The questions they continually ask themselves: "Are we doing enough for our children? Could we do more? "
Nowadays, parents keep enlisting the help of an after school tutor or (grinds) as they call them in Ireland this is due to the following:
- Parents are "keeping up with the Jones'' i.e. it's fashionable.
- Their children actually require the additional support or challenge.
Grinds are expensive and time consuming. Consider those points and questions when contemplating grinds for your child.
Point 1 - Your child is struggling with classwork within their average age range.
Grinds are for children who struggle to comprehend, understand and access the expected learning level for their age range. You may consider grinds in order to help your child 'catch up'. However, you should discuss your child's learning level with their class teacher before enlisting an afterschool tutor. It is important to ascertain how far they are falling behind their classmates. Children that are slightly below average can be easily helped at home without the assistance of a tutor.
KEY QUESTION: Has my child fallen behind the average level for his/her age group?
Point 2 - Your child struggles in a test situation.
Sometimes children have no issues in class and are doing well at the expected level. They may even be above average and excelling in class. Unfortunately, when it comes to tests they do not achieve results which reflect their true ability and potential.
This is often a result of poor exam technique or bad organization of time and resources. Sending your child to grinds can fix this problem. Tutors will coach your child in exam techniques and help them approach tests with confidence.
KEY QUESTION: Do my child's results truly reflect his/her potential?
Point 3 - Your child is unmotivated.
There are many reasons that might discourage your child from performing well in class:
- Lack of challenge.
- Lack of understanding or simply.
- Lack of interest in the subject.
A tutor can help with this situation by providing one to one attention to your child. A tutor can also help motivate your child and create more enthusiasm than in the large classroom atmosphere.
KEY QUESTION: Is my child not achieving due to lack of motivation?
Point 4 - Your child requires a challenge.
Your child might find the regular classroom activities and learning methods hindering his/her excitement and eagerness to learn. Straight-A students can often become bored and unmotivated if they are not challenged constantly.
Enlisting the help of a tutor would provide your child with the challenge they seek. It would also help maintain their interest in class as well as develop their abilities. Grinds help your child get ahead and prepare them for the next level.
KEY QUESTION: Could my child excel even further?
Point 5 - Your child lacks self-confidence/self-esteem.
Self-confidence has a huge impact on your child's progress in school. This can be very frustrating for all the parties concerned; parents, teachers and students alike. It may take one to one attention and investing more quality time to boost self-esteem. This is something that teachers in huge class situations cannot commit to.
Grinds can help build your child's confidence, therefore helping them progress and reaching their full potential.
KEY QUESTION: Does my child lack self-confidence?