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The #1 Tutoring Mistake Parents Often Make

If you’re a parent reading this, you probably already know that finding the right kind of tutoring for your child can be quite a hassle! There are so many choices out there, so many different programs and companies and methods that it can be difficult to decide what will work best for your student.

However, the number one problem parents often make when it comes to tutoring doesn’t have to do with which kind of tutoring they get, but when they start that tutoring.

Every tutoring company will try to convince you that their special program, method, curriculum, or tutor is going to make the difference in your child’s academic success. But the real difference-maker is how early you start the tutoring (and how regularly that tutoring happens).

I can tell you from my experience running a tutoring company that the students who end up doing getting the best grades are the same ones who scheduled a weekly tutoring session starting at the very beginning of the semester.

The students who wait to get tutoring right before their tests perform the worst, on average.

As a parent who cares about your child’s success, you would never encourage them to cram for their test the night before. But, only scheduling a tutoring session right before their test can be just as unhelpful.

From the tutor’s perspective, it can also be quite challenging when a student comes in for tutoring at the end of the semester, and the tutor quickly realizes that there is a semester’s worth of material that the student doesn’t understand but that the student expects the tutor to re-teach in an hour or two. Obviously, this isn’t going to work very well even with the most experienced tutors.

So, the moral of the story is: start tutoring now! Don’t wait until your child says they need tutoring. Don’t wait until their grades start to slip. Don’t wait until right before the test. Ensure your child’s success by scheduling a regular tutoring session as soon as school starts.

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