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The Why's, What’s, and When's of Hiring a Reading Tutor

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Struggling in school shouldn't be part of life for any child. If your elementary schooler is feeling frustrated during language arts class or while trying to read, you may start wondering if your child has a problem.
Parents often worry about their children. When it comes to educational activities and academic development, that worry can turn into full-fledged anxiety. That's what professional educators and child development specialists are here for: to demystify learning and to help your child succeed.
If your child is struggling to develop reading skills, understand the why's, what's and when's of hiring a tutor as the first step to helping your young student. Before you let the fear that your child will never read (or never read at grade level) grow any more than it already has, take a look at what you need to know about helping your child to become a reader.

Why Hire a Reading Tutor?

Every child is an individual, so your child is likely to need a tutor for different reasons than your neighbor's child, your sister's child, or anyone else's child.

The most obvious reason for hiring a tutor is difficulty reading. But difficulty is a broad term that could mean many different things, depending on your student.

Some elementary school-aged children struggle with comprehension. Comprehension includes more than knowing what the letters sound like and stringing them together into words. To comprehend a text, the child must understand the vocabulary and use a complex series of critical thinking skills to make sense (and make connections) out of it.

While some children have problems comprehending texts, others have issues retaining the information. A child who has retention difficulties may not be able to remember or summarize a recently read paragraph or story, may not connect new reading passages to prior knowledge, or have difficulty understanding the text when trying to use multiple perspectives.

Other children have difficulty decoding the words themselves. Dyslexia is a well-known learning disability in which the child struggles to break down words into phonemes or sounds. This may present as slow reading, confusing the letters and which sounds they make, difficulty recognizing some words, or exhibiting frustration when trying to read.
A child doesn't need to have a diagnosed reading disorder or disability to need tutoring. Some children may need a little extra help to reach grade-level expectations or a boost if they've fallen behind their classmates.

What Can a Tutor Do?

Tutors offer a variety of benefits, depending on the child's needs. A beginning elementary school student who is still learning the basics can benefit from the strong foundation that tutoring can provide. The tutor provides the child with the chance to develop budding abilities and learn valuable strategies that the child can carry with them through elementary school and beyond.

Children who are struggling to keep up with their classmates can develop the skills they need to meet age and grade-related expectations, pass tests, and achieve the scholastic success that they're capable of. Children can also learn strategies and techniques to overcome obstacles (such as comprehension or decoding difficulties) that will make them a better reader.

Beyond building actual reading skills, a tutor can help a child who is struggling scholastically to develop a sense of confidence and self-worth.

When Should a Child Start Tutoring?

You don't need to wait for your child's grades to fall or for their self-confidence to plummet. As soon as you notice that your child is struggling, consider tutoring. The earlier your child starts, the sooner they'll start succeeding.

Does your child need a reading tutor? Contact IQ Learning for more information.