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Signs that your child may need a tutor

The owners of Oxford Learning Waterloo and Kitchener North explain how parents can tell if their child may need academic help.
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It can be difficult for parents to figure out when it is time to call in the professional tutors to help their children excel at school. Oftentimes, a failing grade or a call from the teacher spurs parents to act.

Jodi Pickles, Owner of Oxford Learning in Kitchener North, says it is important to get help as soon as parents notice that their child is struggling. “If you wait too long, you risk your child losing confidence and self-esteem in their learning abilities.

At Oxford, on top of academics, our programming incorporates building a child's confidence by giving them the learning tools and strategies to help them independently learn any new information,” she explains.

Common signs that a child needs academic help

While each child is different, there are a few typical signs that a child should be assessed by a tutor. According to Jodi, these include:

  • Not wanting to attend school. Often complaining of an illness to get out of going
  • Becoming overly anxious about upcoming tests, assignments, and report cards
  • Blaming others for low marks
  • Avoiding homework or procrastinating excessively
  • Becoming upset and frustrated when trying to do homework
  • The teacher communicates poor test scores or incomplete work

“Parents of younger elementary aged students tend to notice more of these signs,” says Jodi. “Some high school students might not seek help until they are close to failing and then share with their parents what is happening at school. Enrichment or highly motivated high school kids usually seek help as soon as they start having difficulty in a subject.”

How tutors can help

At Oxford Learning, their programs are individualized so students can start anytime of the year. Allison Bourke, owner of Oxford Learning in Waterloo Beechwood, says that students should commit to a program for at least a year in order to see lasting cognitive and academic benefits.

“We don’t want to just be a Band-Aid solution. Enrolling when you see your student struggling or if they are not being challenged enough is ideal so that they do not disengage from learning,” she says.

Assessments help form individualized programs

New students at Oxford Learning all start with an assessment. This allows their tutor to determine what type of learner the student is as well as where their problem solving and focus skills lie. From that point a custom program can be created.

“Each individualized program starts where the child is at. They progress from there as they show mastery in concepts. Huge components of our programs are the study and learning skills that are built in. We work on building independence, initiative, and problem-solving skills as well as teaching students how to break down assignments and prepare for tests,” explains Allison. 

It is not just kids who are struggling with school who enroll in the programs at Oxford Learning. Some students attend so they can become stronger learners overall, which is an important life skill in itself.

Oxford Learning is an innovative tutoring program that caters to helping students of all abilities reach their highest potential. They offer personalized tutoring for children in preschool, elementary school, high school, and even college prep.

For more information about how their programs may help your child, visit their Waterloo location online or call (519) 725-3577. For their Kitchener North location, visit their website or call (519) 896-7281.

Riley Smith

About the Author: Riley Smith

Riley Smith is a news editor who has been a member of the Village Media team since November 2018. A graduate of history and political science at Algoma University, these also happen to be her favourite topics to read and write about.
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