To Tutor, or not to Tutor? Does Tutoring Really Help?

To tutor, or not to tutor, that is the question.

When it comes to kids, simply getting back-to-school ready can be a stressful process. Over the last two years, I have noticed a frenzy amongst parents concerning what comprehension-boosting programs they should be putting their kids into after 3:30 p.m. 


It used to be a question of what type of soccer, gymnastics or hip-hop class they would join. Now, there is this race to choose an after-school booster course to augment what they are learning all day at school. Where has the fun gone after the school bell rings? Where has the chill-time gone?

According Dr. Lesley Daniels, a registered clinical and school psychologist: “While tutoring may be beneficial in some cases, to support a struggling student’s classroom learning, many of the booster programs on the market today appear to be geared toward kids who are already doing well academically.” She goes on to say, “If your child is reaching grade level expectations I would promote balance with extracurricular activities geared to their interests.”


I hear some parents say they put their kids in because they get lost in the system. So there is a fear there. Are our kids not learning what they need to in the classroom? Are the increasing class sizes the problem? Is there a bigger problem?

A child getting lost in the system seems to be every parent’s fear. Are school districts combining classes to save on electricity and maintenance costs, therefore getting too big and losing kids in the shuffle? 

I have a million questions.

One thing I do know is that teachers are working incredibly hard to try and keep the standard up. For that, we are truly grateful.


Maybe parents are the problem? Do we as parents want to get them the booster program so that the school day is somehow easier? Maybe we just can’t stand to watch our children struggle and ride the natural ups and downs of a school year? If so, at what expense? Sadly, if kids don’t learn to deal with struggle, they are missing out on a key life lesson on how to “ask for help, figure it out and work hard to get it.”

 The last bit of advice from Dr. Daniels is hugely important. She says that all parents should stay in close communication with the classroom teacher to keep everyone on track see what is truly needed for their children.

 I realize this article has more questions than answers, but maybe this will help you look at your own September and figure out how to make it work best for your family. Also, maybe it will encourage us as parents look at the “whys” behind our choices, to help make sure we choose the best path for our kids.





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Cheryl Hickey

Cheryl Hickey

Family first that is how it is, how it was and always will be. Who am I? Well good question! Like most people I battle that question from time to time. To make it short and sweet I have been in many of your homes all across Canada over the years from working in news, […]

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