How do I know my child needs a tutor?

Tutoring is not just for students who are “behind”. Everyone will benefit from one-on-one instruction. With today’s class sizes increasing and government funding decreasing, tutoring becomes an essential part of the education process. Schools do their best, but even the best teachers cannot accommodate the individual needs of 25 children or more in one class. Maybe you don’t feel confident or don’t have the time to help with homework. Whether your child is in a public school, in a private school, or home schooled Higher Ground can help. Annette Gourgey of Upsala College writes: “the most profound education that students can receive in tutoring is not about a specific subject but about understanding how to learn, and about their personal role in that process.”

My child isn’t motivated to study and doesn’t want help

Motivation to study, organization, and understanding a need for help comes with brain development and maturity — something called executive function. If your child is not studying and his grades are dropping, or he or she is experiencing difficulty at school, you’re invited in whether he wants you there or not. Sometimes lack of motivation (looks like irresponsibility) might be his own anxiety or shame about schoolwork. Your job as a parent is to help set up a structure that he is not able to create for himself. Read more about motivating children.

My child has special needs, can you help?

Whatever the special needs are, Higher Ground Tutoring Services can help. Whether your child is gifted, has learning disabilities, physical disabilities, cognitive delay (“slow learner”, MID), or developmental disabilities such as Autism or Down’s Syndrome. All our tutors have experience and training in these areas. Sally Rogers and Nadia Shoemaker are specialists in Special Education.

How much time should I plan for tutoring?

For children, age and attention span are a consideration. The younger the child, the less time they are able to sit and remember at one time. Developing and keeping new skills and habit patterns requires consistent intervention over a period of time. Very young children may only require one hour per week, while older children and adults need two or three hours per week. This would be determined at the consultation.

What about homework support and studying for tests?

We do provide homework support and will help with studying for tests, Higher Ground focuses primarily on teaching skills that are tailored to the way your child thinks. This provides him or her with independent work habits and an opportunity to be successful in all areas.

How do I know what my child’s learning style is?

Learning styles have generally been identified as visual, auditory, and kinesthetic and refer to the best way someone processes information. Everyone learns differently and understanding unique intelligences can help uncover hidden talents and lead to greater chances for success. The great thing about one-on-one tutoring is that your child’s strengths can be targeted in each lesson.