“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.”
- Erma Bombeck
Parent-teacher conferences can be a source of stress and worry for both parents and children. If there have been indications that a student is struggling, a feeling of impending doom can tarnish the household leading up to these meetings. Poor results may make the days and weeks following conferences fraught with tension and anxiety.
Transforming worry into action by supplementing a student’s weekly routine with tutoring works to eliminate unpleasant surprises, making parent-teacher night an opportunity to mark progress and celebrate achievement.
“Research shows that feeling as if you have some control over a situation helps reduce the worry. So empower your child by helping him develop his own fear-reducing plan.”
- Dr. Michele Borba, Educational Psychologist
Once a tutor is acquainted with a student, their learning style, and the goals and wishes of their parents, an individualized teaching plan can be created to both meet the specialized needs of each pupil and capture their attention. This adjustable weekly plan should endeavor to make academics enjoyable while serving as a tool for marking progress
and identifying areas requiring extra attention.
Tutors also provide an excellent communication bridge between all parties involved to maximize a student’s educational experience. Regular updates, including specific results and examples should be a high priority in a tutoring relationship. With parental permission, tutors can even develop open communication lines directly with teachers, through
email and meetings.
“Our son’s academic achievements and self-confidence have increased dramatically since implementing a tutor. Now he is a different student.”
- Happy Parents