Lock Down a Tutor BEFORE Trouble Strikes


by Zena Smith

Foresight is a wonderful thing. The ability to plan ahead is one of those tricks of adulthood that gets easier with practice and makes more sense with age. At a some point we realize that a little diligence now can save a whole lot of hassle down the road. It’s why we bring our cars in for regular oil changes, turn down a loan to search for a better interest rate, or carry a coat to the park, even when our kids insist they won’t need one. In all these cases, some early action makes dealing with life’s troubles all the more manageable.

So why, when it comes to the classroom, do we wait for chaos to strike before we take action? Think about the last time you considered a tutor for your student. Was it because you wanted to keep them on the right track, continuing to get the grades that put them at the top of the class? Most likely, it wasn’t.

When parents call MASTERs Plus, overwhelmingly they approach us with the same stories:

  • “My student is struggling with math and her grades have dropped to Ds and Fs.”

  • “My son performed poorly on the ACT and we’re worried he won’t get in to college.”

  • “My children always do their homework and study hard, but their last three tests have returned troubling scores.”

Sometimes, there is no getting around it. You simply don’t see—or expect—trouble coming your student’s way until it’s too late. But many parents simply don’t realize that hiring a tutor early can help your student BEFORE midterms arrive and long AFTER they’ve left the classroom.

There are a number of benefits to preemptive tutoring. But unlike bringing in the car for a tune-up, many parents either do not know that these benefits exist or do not see the logic in why they do. And we think that should change!

Build a Rapport Before Stress Strikes

tutor111As you may know, students learn better from someone they respect, trust, or even admire. Students who have good rapport with their teachers tend to be more open in expressing doubts about their grasp of the material, more engaged while receiving instruction, and more motivated to impress their instructor with what they’ve learned.

While good tutors will look for ways to connect with a student under any circumstance, the task of building a relationship becomes more difficult when a student is under the stress of trying to recover from bad grades. Struggles in the classroom can make a student feel unconfident or overwhelmed. They may feel embarrassed by their performance or even annoyed that they’re forced to do well in a subject that they find boring.

When you combine all these stressful feelings with the added task of learning to trust a new adult, the task of staying focused becomes all the more difficult. By introducing your student to a tutor when things are going well, they can focus on growing comfortable with their tutor before they ever have to worry about the pressure to perform. And that’s a good thing!

Find Trouble Spots Early

The beauty of MASTERs Plus is that each incoming student receives an individualized academic assessment to pinpoint their strengths and trouble spots. Even students who have gotten great grades in the past may have some subjects that present natural difficulties for their learning style.

When our tutors discover that your student battles with carrying out certain algebraic expressions, we can design a course to polish that skill set before it ever shows up on a report card. Rather than desperately trying to re-learn old material while the rest of the class moves forward, your student can spend their class time staying with the class (and their after-school hours getting ahead).

Ready to think ahead and lock down a tutor? Just give us a call, send us an email, or visit our Homewood-Flossmoor tutoring center to schedule a consultation!





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