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Tutor Time

By Janelle Rettig

Does your child struggle in school? He’s not alone. Over 52% of New Jersey’s 3rd through 6th graders scored below a “Meet Expectations” on the Mathematics section of the Spring 2016 PARCC; about 48% did not meet expectations on the English portion of the test. Research shows that one way a child’s school performance can improve is through tutoring. One study showed that those that students who received tutoring through Reading Partners, a program that helps low-income children with reading, scored two to three percentile points higher on assessments than students in the control group. Another study showed that students’ scores in math improved by three quarters of a year’s worth of progress after using Math Whizz, an online tutoring program, for just 50 minutes per week. So, what are some warning signs that your child might need a tutor? Besides watching her grades, contact her teacher. Your child’s teacher may notice trends in your child’s performance. A quick e-mail to the teacher every so often might alert you to any troubles before the progress report arrives. In addition, your child’s behavior might prove important clues. Spending extra time on homework or continuously asking for help could indicate that your child has difficulty in certain areas, and if your child avoids school or expresses dislike for a certain subject she might do so because of academic struggles.

Once you’ve decided that your child needs help, you can begin to look for a tutor. You can start by checking out these resources in your area:

• Contact your child’s school. Many schools offer after-school programs that help with schoolwork, and some teachers set aside time before or after school to tutor students. Even if no such programs or arrangements exist in the school, your child’s teacher or guidance counselor may know information about tutoring services in your area.

• Keep track of your child’s school’s AYP status. If your child’s school hasn’t made adequate yearly progress for three years and if your family meets the state income requirements, the school district must pay for supplementary educational services. A list of providers can be found here: http://www.state.nj.us/education/title1/program/ss/

• Check with your local library to see what educational programs they provide. During the school year, the Glassboro Public Library holds the Homework Helpers Club every Monday at 4:00 p.m. The Camden County Library system provides its members with free online access to one-on-one tutoring via tutor.com. Ask your library whether or not it offers similar programs.

• Look into tutoring companies in your area. Club Z! is one such program that offers in-home and online tutoring from trained tutors, many of whom are former teachers. The office for Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester Counties can be reached at (856) 608-8867, while the one responsible for Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic, and Ocean Counties can be reached at (609) 390-5717. Other programs in New Jersey include Mathnasium, the Huntington Learning Center, and Sylvan Learning Center.

The sooner a problem is noticed, the easier it’s fixed. Don’t wait until the end of the marking period to get your child help. If you believe your child needs tutoring, check out some of these resources right away!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:16
 

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