Teacher Tip: When to Refer Students for Tutoring Help

By Huntington Learning Center

Teacher Tip: When to Refer Students for Tutoring Help

When a student is having difficulty in school, intervening sooner than later can make a world of difference. Here are a few signs that a student may need one-to-one, personalized tutoring:

The student is just getting by. Some struggling students fly under the radar because they’re not failing and they’re not overly troublesome, yet they frequently miss important concepts and have a hard time keeping up. Students like this are often slow to finish work and constantly seem overwhelmed.

The student has become despondent or angry. If the student is unusually moody or unhappy—on top of being disengaged in class—it may be time to investigate what’s going on. This is especially concerning if the student previously had an optimistic disposition.

The student is highly disorganized. No student is perfect when it comes to keeping things neat and orderly, but if you have a student whose disorganization interferes with learning on a regular basis, some targeted attention to study skills improvement could help. 

The student just doesn’t care. Often, students who are apathetic about school feel that they are past the point of help. Their self-esteem has taken a nose dive, and their school problems seem insurmountable. 

The student who fails despite lots of studying. If the student who seems to complete homework and participates during class performs poorly on tests and quizzes, it could be that the student is struggling to understand concepts independently.

The student who doesn’t complete assignments. Clearly, a student who stops doing homework or reading assignments altogether may have grown apathetic due to repeated struggles to understand what you are teaching.

If you have a student who is showing one or more of these signs, call Huntington at 1-800-CAN LEARN. We’ll share more with you about our supplemental education services and how best to help your student.