Kids who come to me for tutoring are usually not doing well with a traditional school curriculum, and it is often assumed that they are not trying. The truth is, they could have visual dysfunction, a known (or unknown) learning block, or they just need to find out how to process material in their natural way. This means they are often working much harder than their classmates to achieve half the results.
Doesn’t that second picture sound wonderful? Isn’t that the kind of adult we want our kids to become? It is, but often it isn’t the kind of KID we want our kids to be! We value these characteristics in adults. Think of how much money we spend watching movies, sporting events, and concerts. Do you think those people spent their childhoods diagramming sentences? Most likely, they spent them in trouble!
And these traits are often very inconvenient for adults (ahem…teachers and parents).
I am a teacher at a small private school with over 17 years experience teaching my own kids. I have two kids who are very different learners. My oldest, who is now in an honors program at a private college, LOVES school! She’s the kid who studies from 8am-5pm using colored pens and highlighters because she thinks it’s fun! She is extremely detailed, she is classically-minded, and she would probably make school into a career if that were possible. She’s left-brained.
I’ve talked to many parents whose struggling students are counting the days until the whole terrible, horrible, self-esteem-sucking experience called “school” is over, and they all have one thing in common: they know their kids are bright but they can’t put a finger on why they are failing! So if your bright child is struggling in school and you don’t know why, you may be wondering what your options are. That’s where I come in.
Are you thinking about switching your child to a new school? Did your district recently adopt a new math curriculum and your child just isn’t “getting it”? Does your child need help staying organized or keeping up with schoolwork during sports seasons? A little help in a specific area might be called for.
So what should you do if your bright child is struggling in school and you can’t figure out why? Or if you know he or she has more potential but can’t seem to “unlock” it?
My approach to tutoring focuses on identifying your child’s learning style and issues that may be blocking success. After an initial consultation, I will be able to guide you down a path of success by providing unique tools and resources that use your child’s gifts and provide a means to the desired end goal, even in a traditional classroom.
Translation: I do school their way.
If your bright child is struggling, don’t wait! The more information your child misses, the longer it will take to fill in the gaps. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a 15-minute Q&A session. From there we can schedule a consultation to decide on the best, fastest, and least expensive course of action that will benefit your child the most.