Are There Specific Guidelines to Follow?
When selecting an academic support system or tutoring service there are a few rules of thumb to consider. Larger test prep outfits will tend to cater to the “mean” student. If a student does not fall in the “mean” learning category, this could potentially result in a frustrating and expensive venture, which is why it is critical to do the research and identify the student’s needs first. Parents should take the following steps as they go through the selection process:
Step 1: Talk to the student’s guidance counselor, and identify several different types of academic support services to interview.
Step 2: Consult with friends and neighbors about their experiences. See what worked and what didn’t, and ask for references.
Step 3: Base selections on the child’s personality, commitments, and work style. Will he or she benefit from one-on-one help or a classroom setting?
Step 4: Determine if the support systems have relationships with the child’s teachers (this should be asked as part of the original consultation).
Step 5: Establish goals to achieve as part of the program.
These are just a few of the many steps parents can take in order to provide their children with the greatest opportunity for success at the next level. Regardless of what type of preparatory service is chosen, it is important to involve the child at all stages of the selection process.
– Deepak Thadhani