After-school tutoring can be daunting for children who rarely want to participate in MORE schooling. However, up to 43.5 million children have a learning disability and struggle to keep up with their peers. Every child is different, and some require other teaching methods to help them understand a particular subject.
There are options if your child struggles with reading, writing, or math. After-school tutoring can be an invaluable tool in a child’s development, helping them improve their problem areas.
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Why is my child struggling?
It is estimated that 80-90% of children with a learning disability have dyslexia.
Dyslexia is a learning disability that can affect speech, reading, writing, and math. After-school tutoring will significantly benefit students by supporting them in their specific areas of need.
Dysgraphia is a related learning disability that affects a child’s ability to translate the sounds that each respective letter makes into written form. It may seem like the child is a bad speller, but it is a learning disability that can improve with appropriate instruction.
Dyscalculia is another common learning disability that can be frustrating for children. People with dyscalculia have a tough time processing even the most basic mathematical concepts such as greater or lesser than and addition and subtraction.
Could Your Child Benefit From After-School Tutoring?
The good news is that some identifiable symptoms can improve with appropriate instructional methods addressed in a specific after-school tutoring program.
- Difficulty remembering letters
- Slow, choppy reading
- Guessing at words based on the shape
- Low comprehension of passages read
- Extreme difficulty writing letters or numbers
- Challenges with spelling
- Awkward grip on a writing utensil
- Comparatively slow handwriting development
- Anxious while doing math
- Difficulty counting backward
- Challenges in performing mental math
- Losing track while counting
These are only a few warning signs that your child may be dealing with a learning disability. As a parent, you understand your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Whether they struggle with reading, writing, or math, a program catered toward improving each challenge will help them improve.
What Is a Dyslexia Assessment?
At READ Learning Center in Sacramento, California, an initial assessment can determine the presence and/or severity of a child’s learning disability. While the evaluation has a cost, it is much more individually based and thorough than most public school assessments.
All three disabilities involve a delay in relaying information from the brain to external communication, so consistent practice is often the key. After the initial assessment, our school tutors can focus on the problem areas with patience and a plan.
Benefits of Tutoring
Let’s take a brief look at some of the benefits of tutoring.
Promotes Self-Directed Learning
The benefit of one-on-one learning is that there is nowhere to “hide” as there can be in a class full of other children. Tutoring helps students learn to self-direct and self-assess how they’re doing in areas in which they might struggle.
Children are often distracted by their classmates or avoid doing work that their peers seem to do effortlessly. Tutors can hold students accountable and maintain a distraction-free workspace to help them overcome obstacles. They work with students to foster a relationship of encouragement and support. Tutoring provides a more structured and personalized learning experience.
Encourages Them to Ask Questions
Sometimes children are afraid to ask questions in front of their peers. When they participate in tutoring, they are encouraged to ask any questions they have without fear of ridicule or judgment. The tutor fosters a trusting relationship, and the student is free to be as inquisitive as they need to be.
Contact a Learning Center for Help
Contact a Learning Center today if you’ve noticed any of the signs listed above or believe your child might benefit from after-school tutoring. READ Learning Center boasts an incredible staff of well-qualified and nurturing tutors. Please read their bios here to learn more about our team.