Kids Struggling in School? Try These Affordable Options for Academic Help
Summer vacation has flown by and, sadly, bus-hopping has replaced beach-going. But if your child struggles with academic pursuits, school days may be more about anguish than anticipation.
One-on-one instruction can make a world of difference when it comes to reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic, but the costs can run high: Tutors can command anywhere from $40 to $80 per hour. Here are some suggestions for alternative ways to get educational assistance without wearing out your wallet.
1. Browse Your Local Library’s Offerings
If you’re checking out books at your community library, you might want to check out tutoring opportunities available at that location. Some tutoring companies like Brainfuse and Tutor.com partner directly with public libraries to provide free services to students who need extra help. Free or low-cost test prep or homework help might also be available.
2. Get Schooled In How To Get Extra Help
Schedule a parent/teacher meeting and ask about how — and when — your child can receive extra instruction at school. Perhaps his or her teacher is free to help your child during a study hall period, or the school might offer a peer tutoring program where older students or those excelling in certain subjects offer academic assistance to students needing extra help.
3. Learn From Your Community
Your circle of friends, neighbors, and coworkers may know of organizations or agencies offering free or low-cost tutoring. Word spreads fast when it comes to affordable tutors, much as it does with other child-related services such as babysitting. Ask around and you’ll be surprised at what you learn.
4. After-school Programs That Make The Best Use Of Time
Sure, after-school dance lessons and karate practice are fun, but they won’t help your child kick his or her learning into high gear. Look for after-school programs that include tutoring services. The YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club, two national youth nonprofits, provide help with homework or test-taking skills.
5. Don’t Overlook Instructional Videos
You can find a wealth of information for free on YouTube — including K-12 subject matter. Science channels. History channels. Reading tips. Writing topics. And much, much more. This video-sharing platform might spark interest and present learning in a whole new light.