Does My Child Need A Reading Tutor?

Many parents struggle with the question whether their child needs a tutor.  The school day is already long, and your schedule is likely jammed with activities.

Here are some questions to consider:

Does your child:

  • struggle with reading or read below grade level?
  • have difficulty with spelling?
  • confuse or misunderstand words?
  • have difficulty rhyming?
  • mispronounce a number of words?
  • have difficulty putting thoughts or ideas into words?
  • struggle to understand what he's reading?
  • read slowly or laboriously?
  • seem frustrated or upset about reading and writing assignments in school?

Also consider what kind of help and instruction is available to your child during the school day.  What are the limitations of that help?  What kinds of interventions have you asked for in the school setting, and how effective are those interventions for your child?

"I tell my students that our work together helps to clear away the things that are getting in the way so that we can make reading and writing easier.  Our work empowers your child to take control of and harness his learning style so that he can go on to advocate for himself at school."

Will My Child Be Willing To Work With A Reading Tutor After School?

You are the best judge of how tired your child is after a long school day.  There is no denying that tutoring after school can be a challenge, and one I have dealt with for many years.

Does your child have an emotional or behavioral issue that compounds his learning challenges?  If so, that's something to consider.  For many students, it is effective to work out an arrangement with classroom teachers to modify homework expectations for tutoring days. That way tutoring time feels like a swap instead of more work...

Much of the work we do is fast paced and fun -- an hour can go by very quickly.

Julie Boesky

Literacy Tutor/Dyslexia Specialist