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Tutoring as a way to help struggling students

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Helping your child succeed in school is harder than ever -- teachers are often overloaded and can't spend much time helping each individual student.

In a School Smarts report, Barry Bernson shows the point where tutoring can come in.  But if you don't have the time to do it yourself, you'll have to pay for it.

Rebecca White is a professional private tutor.  "So write a sentence starring the word 'sympathetic' or 'sympathetically.'  Either way. --Can it be in it, and not starting it?

Her student this day is Kelby Sigman, an incoming eighth-grader.  Kelby's mother, Jill Cox, hired White -- to give Kelby a more successful start to the school year.

"Kelby has a little bit of a concentration issue in school. I feel like maybe he needed a little of positive reaffirmation that he is a good student, that he can do the work, that he is capable of making the grades we know he can make," says Cox.

White helps Kelby concentrate on increasing reading comprehension, and word power.  Tutoring is also available from big companies like Sylvan or Huntington, which charge for testing in addition to an hourly rate.  White charges $40 an hour.

"You can't always tell from the paperwork where the problem is.  So you kind of have to watch them working, and see how the process of their thinking to see what they're lacking, what they might be skipping over," explains White.

Experts say there are signs your child might benefit from tutoring.

Teaching and learning expert, Deborah Walker, knows the signs.  "There are several ways.  One is if the child is struggling with homework and you see that -- or your child feels lost in class, it's time to consider getting a tutor.  Also grades, test scores,  a sense that the child could be a more successful learner than in the past.  And also, just catching up -- not constantly scrambling to stay ahead in class," she says.

The website www.Livestrong.com  suggests five things a parent needs to know about tutoring.

1. It's about more than grades. Tutoring allows a student to pace his-or-her own learning.

2. Don't just pick a tutor on a resume: find one who's patient, sympathetic to your student and with an open mind.

3.  Your student should accept the idea of being tutors and be flexible.

4.  Whether you use a private tutor or a tutoring service, look for a program that gives one-on-one attention.

5.  Consider peer tutoring or  pairing up one student with another.  It enables them to feed off each other's strengths.

To find out more about professional tutoring providers near Louisville, go to www.rebeccawhitetutoring.com    or   http://huntingtonlearning.com 

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