Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Tutoring offers myriad benefits for the child in need of additional instruction, many of which range well beyond the discipline in question. Naturally, higher aptitude is the number one goal, but increased self-esteem and confidence work hand in hand with this. Beyond that, tutoring also gives students access to real-world scenarios, as adults who tutor often do so in addition to their other jobs, which they bring to the table every time they sit down with students.

No matter what the subject at hand, tutoring also presents children with an opportunity to read and think for themselves. Even math problems, which have correct and incorrect answers, require students to engage in an active problem-solving process that calls on cognitive skills and imagination. If a child sees that there is more than one way to arrive at a correct answer, he or she is more likely to take that observation and apply it to everyday life.

Shopping around for Tutoring

Many parents fear that they'll hire the "wrong" tutor and do irreparable damage to their child's education. Indeed, there are bad matches for some kids; a particular tutor may be too demanding or else have competencies in inapplicable fields. Perhaps a tutor is too passive for the parent's liking. If any of these turns out to be the case, it's no big deal. Tutors are hired and tested everyday and not all of them work out. Leave it to your child to tell you whether he or she is finding the tutoring helpful, at least when it comes to older students.

Tutoring need not set you back thousands of dollars, either. Oftentimes, student-tutors are available for hire and are looking only to supplement their work-study jobs or earn extra money while they themselves are in school. You may also consider tutoring software or games if your child is having difficulty concentrating on a human tutor's instruction. Many kids are so used to electronic interaction that a computer tutorial seems like a more natural fit.

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