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Is Online Tutoring a Good Option for My Child?

By Jessica Millstone, EdM, MPS

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Question: Should I consider online tutoring services? Do any of these services specialize in helping kids with learning disabilities? How can I tell if the tutors have much training in these areas?

Answer:

Online tutoring has become a popular way to help with homework or to supplement classroom learning. Many of these services can connect your child with an actual person at any time, day or night.

Online tutors use instant messaging, shared whiteboards, and other tools to engage your child. Having information presented to them in different ways can be very helpful to kids who learn and think differently.

Some online tutoring sites charge by the month. Some charge by the minute. These services can get really expensive if used all the time. But a short stint of tutoring could help kids understand the key concepts they need to master to move on to more difficult material.

Before you sign up for online tutoring, check with your child’s school. Some school districts offer free tutoring through online services. Many public libraries subscribe to online tutoring sites, too.

The big online tutoring services don’t specialize in learning and thinking differences. But there are a few sites that do. There are also some teachers on mainstream tutoring sites who have experience teaching kids who learn and think differently. You’ll just need to do some keyword searches to find them.

On-demand tutoring can be a valuable resource for kids who have trouble learning in a traditional classroom setting. If you can’t find an online tutoring service you like, flashcard-sharing sites and sites with educational videos might be good alternatives.

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