Do It Yourself Tutoring

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Tutor Your Own Child!


Although most parents are intellectually capable of tutoring their own child, not all parents should try to do so.

By the very act of investigating this website, you have already demonstrated your concern and good intent.  However, your likelihood of success is mostly a matter of temperament, not your ability, concern, or intentions.

To determine if you should attempt to tutor your own child, you must first honestly and accurately assess your own personality.

You need to describe yourself.

When you think about yourself, do you consider yourself to be:

Easily Frustrated                   
Very Busy                            
Constantly Exhausted           
Disinclined to Teach

If you answered a definitive “Yes” to 2 or more of the above, you should probably not attempt to tutor your own child.

Your temperament is likely ill-suited to the task, which if attempted:

Will make it difficult for you to succeed
May Exacerbate your child’s problems
May Lead to Alienation of Affection between you and your child

If you pass the temperament test, there are additional factors to then consider

The Nature and Severity of your child’s deficiencies
The Time Commitment you must make to remediate them
The Cost/Benefit Ratio of Professional Tutoring vs. Self-tutoring

A successful tutoring regimen will require a good deal of time, patience, love, and confidence that a well-planned, guided approach will eventually work and you possess the necessary skills to deliver it.

If after doing an honest self-appraisal and evaluation of your child’s needs you decide self-tutoring is not for you, just relax and yield over that responsibility to a professional tutor.

For those who conclude they are emotionally well-equipped to accept the challenge of self-tutoring and have the desire to do it, know this:

There are some great personal rewards ahead for you and your child!  Your combined efforts can yield a new found closeness that may ultimately pay dividends for the efforts you both invest.

Now, if and when you have made the decision to Tutor Your Own Child, One-to-One Home Tutoring stands ready to assist you and support you throughout the process.

The One-to-One Home Tutoring Parent Support Program provides the following materials and services:

  • · Test and Assessment

The initial evaluations needed to assess your child's academic strengths and weaknesses.  A cost-effective, guided program of instruction can then be developed to remediate your child’s academic deficiencies.

  • · Instructional Methods

Using easily understood terms and clearly written direction, the proper methods and procedures to teach the required skills are methodically conveyed to the parent.

  • · Instructional Materials

Parents are provided with a variety of suitable materials, including stories, worksheets, games, and puzzles, to reinforce acquired skills at a level of instruction appropriate to the particular child; gauged to be neither too difficult nor too easy.

  • · Guidance and Support

Progress is monitored and discussed in monthly review sessions.  Parents are encouraged to ask questions and express concerns with regard to the program, via email, internet, or telephone; whenever needed.

For parents who are undecided about tutoring their own child due to fears of inadequacy, I wish to bolster your confidence. 
May I gently remind you that “public education” by specialized professionals is a relatively recent development? 
Throughout most of history, parents routinely taught their own children reading, writing, and mathematics at home using the simplest materials. 
Certainly, there were far fewer skills to master and standards were lower; but, in many ways, the learning environment was superior to the typical classroom of today. 
The teacher/student ratio was ideal, there were fewer distractions, authority was respected, and student motivation was high.
It was presumed that every child could and would learn to read and write.

Why do parent tutorss often prove superior to professional teachers?

No one Knows a Child
No one Loves a Child
No one Recognizes a Child's Weaknesses and Potential, better than
That Child's Own Parent

It is unfortunate that many parents have lost confidence in their own abilities and hesitate to become actively engaged in their child's education; even when it has become completely obvious the school’s methods are failing them.

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