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Tutoring-is it really worth it?

Kate Ellison Tuesday, January 29 2013, 08:48 AM
I am a Teacher myself, but have had little contact with tutors. I feel however that my son could benefit from something extra to help with his homework. From what I have seen so far, tutoring tends to be for between an hour and 2 hours per week, which works out to be fairly costly!

What contact have people got with home tutoring. If it's worth it, I'll try it!

  • Replied by Mom2Boyson Thursday, February 21 2013, 12:00 PM·Hide·#1
    I haven not hired a tutor, but I have spent countless hours tutoring my son. Where I have seen the most benefit for him is to try and understand the reason he is struggling, then find a solution that addresses the reason.

    For example, he had significant attention issues and they thought he had ADD. I found a therapy called neurofeedback which helps a lot with this. As it turns out, we found out in doing the therapy he had a mild traumatic brain injury that caused the attention problems. We did the neurofeedback therapy, and now his attention is practically normal. That certainly makes homework way easier! No tutor could bring that benefit.

    I would try to understand why your son is struggling and try to address that cause and hopefully he can overcome the difficulty.
    • mom23greatkids- more than a month ago
      Thank you; I had just posted a question asking about neuro feedback! My son has been diagnosed with ADD, he struggles with dysgraphia and mild dyslexia. We go for brainmapping this week. How many sessions did you do and haow many time a week? Thanks!
    • Mom2Boys- more than a month ago
      I just replied to your post over there. My son had mild traumatic brain injury, so he required more sessions than most. We went twice a week for 14 months. I've heard from others the average is 80-100 sessions. I hope it helps! It was hugely helpful for my son!
    • mom23greatkids- more than a month ago
      Thanks so much! I'll update once we know more...
  • Replied by mom23greatkidson Monday, February 25 2013, 08:09 AM·Hide·#2

    My son has worked with a tutor in math for 3 years for an hour a week! While I believe it has been helpful in some ways, no amount of trying to get the information in works, unless the senses and brain are receiving the information correctly, then processing it and finally outputting it. I believe if there is a glitch anywhere in that process a child will struggle. Whilst I am not giving up on the tutoring yet, I am finding alternative ways to find out what is the root cause of the problem. At this point, I feel tutoring is just like giving medication to treat the symptoms, without knowing the cause....?
    Replied by hoover7127on Tuesday, February 26 2013, 01:45 PM·Hide·#3
    Tutoring can be expensive but can be a real option.
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