The majority of parents today want to provide the best for their children; they want their child to have the best social, academic and life experiences. They want to provide a multitude of experiences and opportunities but most of all they want to ensure that their children are receiving the best education available. The questions we continually ask ourselves is - Are we doing enough for our children? Could we do more?
More and more parents are enlisting the help of an after school tutor or grinds but is this because they are 'keeping up with the Jones'' and it's fashionable or because their child actually requires the additional support or challenge? Grinds are expensive and time consuming so here are some points and questions to consider when deciding if your child really does need grinds.
Point 1- Your child is struggling with classwork aimed at their average age range. Often children struggle to complete, understand and access the expected learning level for their age range. This is a time when you may consider grinds in order to help your child 'catch up'. It is important to discuss your child's learning level with their class teacher before enlisting an after school tutor. It is important to ascertain if they are falling behind and how far behind. Sometimes children that are only a little below average can be easily helped at home without the assistance of 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 working at the expected level. Often they may even be above average and excelling in class but unfortunately when it comes to tests they do not achieve results which reflect their true ability and potential. Often it is lack of exam technique or poor organisation of time and resources. Sending your child to grinds can remedy this. Tutors can coach your child in exam technique and help them approach tests with confidence. KEY QUESTION: Is my child producing results which truly reflect their potential?
Point 3 - Your child is unmotivated. There are many reasons that you child may become unmotivated in class; this can be due to lack of challenge, understanding or simply lack of interest in the subject. Often a tutor can help with this situation; by providing one to one attention a tutor can help motivate your child and create the enthusiasm that can be hard to develop in large class situations. KEY QUESTION: Is my child not achieving due to lack of motivation?
Point 4 - Your child requires a challenge. It may be that your child needs some extra challenge, often children that excel in subjects can easily become bored and unmotivated if they are not challenged appropriately. Enlisting the assistance of a tutor can help provide your child with the challenge they require and help maintain their interest in class as well as developing their ability. Grinds can help you 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. Lack of self-confidence can have a huge impact on the progress that your child will make in school. This can be very frustrating for all concerned, parents, teachers and students alike - knowing that your child is more than capable but fails to achieve! Unfortunately it may take one to one attention and time to boost self-esteem, time that teachers in huge class situations don't always have. Grinds can help build your child's confidence and therefore help them progress and therefore reach their full potential. KEY QUESTION: Does my child lack self-confidence?