How to find the right tutor for your child

(KGTV) — With back to school season upon parents, many are already planning how to provide their kids with the best possible path to success this school year.

For some, this may include setting up tutoring or extra study sessions outside of normal class hours.

The good news is there are a variety of ways parents can connect their kids with extra help in specific or broad areas of study.

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Many times, schools have the resources and experts to accomplish this. Some, however, find help online through local searches. Help from within family networks is always an option too.

Here are a few beginning tips before searching for the right tutor for your child:

Figuring out the area of concern...

Before beginning your search for a tutor, assess the underlying concern affecting any educational performance. This will make it easier to work with tutors when it comes time to develop a curriculum. Knowing how to address learning difficulties also helps tutors know how to address challenges and track your child's progress.

Talk to your child's school...

Speaking with those who work directly with your child is a must. Teachers and counselors will be able to connect parents with services offered through the school, including after-school study sessions. There are also opportunities outside of the school through the U.S. Department of Education your child may be eligible to receive.

Peer tutors...

Peer tutoring services have been available for years at schools and in neighborhoods; often times, schools will enlist students to tutor fellow classmates. Searching for local students who may tutor outside of school hours is also an option for parents to seek, just be sure to check their qualifications and make sure they're the right fit.

Tutoring agencies...

One trip onto Yelp will yield a variety of local and national tutoring services in your area. These agencies vet their educators and can often provide tutoring for specific areas of study or broad areas of concern for your child. Websites like noodle.org connect parents with local tutoring agencies.

Consider online learning...

In some cases, services offered online may be the key. Parents can work together with their child on lessons in the comfort of their home. Online lessons may offer extra services and ways for students to continually practice lessons outside normal sessions.

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