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Choosing a Reading Tutor

Finding a tutor for a child or teen is an important decision. By the time tutoring is considered, children are often falling behind in schoolwork. They may lack confidence in their ability to ever catch up with their peers, and suffer from low self-esteem. Choosing a tutor is like finding an excellent coach; the tutor should not only quickly build reading skills, but also help increase your child’s confidence and willingness to work hard to improve as a student.

Before you begin searching for a tutor, determine what your child needs. If you already have an evaluation report specifying your child’s weak areas, search for someone with those specific skills. It’s okay to begin a search without knowing specifically what your child needs. Many qualified tutors conduct an informal assessment to help nail down exactly what to focus on during tutoring sessions.

How do you find a tutor? Reading tutors can be found by doing some research on your own. Check out the resources below, ask other parents for referrals, and use the internet to help you in your search.

Once you have created a list of possible tutors, take time to ask each person some important questions. Tutoring can be expensive and time-consuming. Once a child begins seeing a tutor they are already behind in schoolwork. You don’t want to waste months with a tutor who isn’t a good match for your child.

Finding the right tutor can make a huge difference in the life of a struggling reader. Think of it as an investment in your child’s future that requires thoughtful research before jumping in. Once you find the right person, the time spent searching will be worth it.

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