It’s Not Too Late To Save Your Year-End Grades With a Tutor!

by Zena Smith

test-stressWith just a few more assignments to complete, projects to turn in, and tests to take before the summer months set in, most students are finding themselves on the “home stretch” of the school year. Depending on the student—and what’s at stake—that can be a comfortable or highly nerve-wracking place to be.

Students who have gotten this far with a solid GPA and a firm grasp on all study materials may rest easy as end-of-year activities approach. But what about those who aren’t happy with where the school year has left them? Perhaps a student’s year-end grades are just average where they could be great. Or maybe test anxiety has them nervous about performing up to their ability on final exams. Then there are students who are still struggling to the point that they risk repeating a grade.

Whether your student needs a little help or a lot, the biggest problem now is finding the time to make those improvements. As April comes to a close, it’s got to be too late to fix those grades before finals, right? WRONG!

At MASTERs Plus, we believe it is never too late to save your year-end grade with the help of a tutor.

So how do you know where your student stands? It’s perfectly normal to wonder whether your child will finish strong on their own, if they need an extra push at home, or if they’ll need the help of a professional to get their grades in shape on such short notice. Even then, will the money spent actually produce results?

It’s a tough decision that many families must consider at this time of year. And it’s one that begins with a conversation.

Talk to your student.

parentsAsk them how they think they’ve been doing in class. Are they eager to put the knowledge they’re learning to use on assignments, tests, and in real life? Or are they sheepish when you ask about certain subjects—say, Math?

Some students will be more open about their struggles and insecurities than others, so it is important that you take this conversation seriously. Listen carefully to what your student tells you, weigh their responses, and pay close attention to their body language. In a best case scenario, your student will openly admit that they could use extra help with a certain troublesome unit from Science, a difficult Algebra operation, or the basics of diagramming sentences. Other students may say they’ve “got it” even when you can tell that they do not. Nobody knows your student like you do, so use this conversation as an opportunity to gauge their needs. In the end, this decision may have to be yours as much as it is theirs.

Look at the “facts.”

The great thing about progress reports, parent-teacher conferences, and report cards is that they allow you to track your student’s progress throughout the year. If your student is in over their head at this time in April, it’s likely that you’ve been aware of their struggles for some time. Now that crunch time has arrived, take a moment to revisit their most recent grades report. (Some schools even have online grade-keeping programs so you can stay up-to-date on their grades all year long). What does it say about your student’s performance and academic readiness?

Define a year-end goal.

Different families have different ideas of what makes a successful school year. Some parents may demand nothing short of As, while others are satisfied to see their students making honest improvements from year to year. Where does your family stand? Ask yourself and your student: Are you comfortable if they finish the year with the grades they have now? If not, are they trending toward improvement? At the rate they are trending, will they be good enough by the end of the year?

Make the decision.

If you find you’re answering “no” to one or more of these questions, you might consider taking the plunge and getting a tutor. While your student can certainly take measures to lift their grades at home, there is just no matching the quickness and efficiency with which targeted tutoring can improve your student’s grades and enjoyment in the classroom.

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