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Top Questions To Ask Your Child’s Tutor At Every Milestone

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Your child’s tutor is a great asset when it comes to understanding how well your child is doing in school.

He or she is trained to analyze how your child learns new things, adapts to new challenges, and reacts to being tested. This makes your child’s tutor a great source of insight into how your child is performing (and progressing) academically.

Not only is it important to ask the right questions about your child’s academic performance—its also important to ask these questions at the right time.

As your child progresses through his or her tutoring program, his or her skill level will also progress. Your child will improve on skills, face challenges in particular areas, and identify new areas of strengths and weaknesses.

At Oxford Learning, we review these milestones approximately every six weeks during Lesson Planner Review appointments. Attending these short meetings are the perfect opportunity for parents to check in on their child’s progress and ask any important questions.

To help make things easier, we’ve created a list of questions to ask your child’s tutor at every milestone so you can better understand how your child is progressing.

Questions You Should Be Asking Your Child’s Tutor

Milestone 1: When Your Child Starts The Tutoring Program

Speak to prospective tutors before choosing a program to enrol your child in to ensure it is a good fit. Many parents don’t know what to expect when signing up their son or daughter for tutoring, so take this opportunity to get a better understanding of the tutoring service’s teaching process, what to expect from the program, and how the tutors will approach the learning experience with your child. Check out our blog post for more tips on what to look for when choosing a tutoring program.

Specific questions to ask:

  • How will you get a sense of my child’s learning needs?
  • What kind of results can I expect to see?
  • How can I help make my child more comfortable with tutoring?
  • What is your teaching process?
  • How will you measure my child’s progress?

  • Milestone 2: Before/After Your Child’s First Test

    Prepping for unit tests or exam season can be a very stressful time for students—and all students respond differently to that pressure. Talk to your child’s tutor about any areas your child struggles with when prepping for tests, whether it’s procrastination, creating study notes, or test anxiety. You can also ask if he or she has any recommendations when it comes to helping your child study at home. After the test, evaluate any improvements that your child has made and any areas he or she may still be struggling with.

    Specific questions to ask:

  • Which study habits or skills does my child struggle with most?
  • Which study habits has my child been able to improve?
  • Does my child seem anxious when reviewing the material?
  • Does my child seem indifferent to being tested or motivated to succeed?
  • Do you have any recommendations for helping my child study at home?

  • Milestone 3: After Your Child’s First Term/Semester

    The end of a term is a great time to touch base and have a discussion about your child’s progression. Take this time to ask about trends your tutor has noticed in your child’s studying habits, as well as times he or she saw improvement in performance. This information will help you and your child approach the upcoming term with new goals in mind.

    Specific questions to ask:

  • How has my child adjusted to tutoring?
  • How has my child been progressing in his or her program?
  • Which areas saw the most improvement this semester?
  • Are there any areas my child should continue to focus on in the new semester?
  • How can I support my child in the coming semester?

  • Milestone 4: After The School Year Ends

    Once the school year has ended, it’s time to take a deeper look at the past year of tutoring and analyze how your child has progressed long term. Sit down with your child’s tutor and talk about patterns or trends he or she noticed in your child’s learning skills. You can also use this time to discuss summer learning programs and how your child can continue learning during the summer break.

    Specific questions to ask:

  • Where has my child improved the most over the past year?
  • Are there any challenges my child still faces?
  • Which areas still have room for improvement?
  • What are 3 goals my child should set for next year?
  • What can I do over the break to ensure my child retains everything he or she has learned?
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