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tutor helps your child not only with the material currently being learned in class, but also any underlying skills that may be a struggle as well. “In geometry, students struggle

most with the underlying algebra,” says Daniel McKeen, a math and computer science teacher at Solon High School. “The geometry is very visual and less likely to cause problems.” McKeen and other teachers rec-

ommend not only acting when your child is in need of a tutor during the academic year, but also using a tutor as a means of refresh- ing a student’s knowledge over the summer. “Students really do lose a lot of

their algebra skills over the sum- mer. Providing students with very short review assignments or an occasional summer tutor can make the start of the following school year significantly easier for stu- dents who struggled in Algebra I,” McKeen says. Parents should also remember

to remain approachable and open when speaking to their child about their academic performance. Stu-

dents who are resistant to the idea of tutoring or other outside help are most often embarrassed, and are afraid that their peers will judge them harshly. “I would recommend that the

parents, through conversation or observation, try to determine why the student is resistant and move forward from that point,” says Laura Fitch, a language arts teacher from Solon High School. “If a student is embarrassed or afraid of being teased, the parents might arrange private tutoring at home rather than at school or the library.” Setting small goals and giving

your child the chance to realize how much they are accomplishing will also allow for future and con- tinued academic success.

Rachel Gulling is a recent graduate of Ohio University. She writes and resides in Cleveland.

8RELATED READS n Homework Hassles n Tutoring Tips n Test-Tackling Topics / November 2011


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