tutoring-child-womanWhether your child is lacking in a specific area of interest, like math or science, or perhaps you want to get them ready for those challenging college entrance exams, finding a tutor might be your best option. Getting a tutor can be one of the best ways to help a child who is struggling in school. Many child development specialists predict that around 30% of children need some sort of educational assistance. In most case, each classroom has only one teacher and 30 different students to attend to. However, finding a tutor can be exhausting and when you do find one, they generally aren’t cheap. Here are the best free tutoring options for your kids.

The one thing to realize when you are looking for a no-cost tutor is that it will be a challenge to find someone who will put in the necessary effort to help your child. A lot of colleges have child development or learning programs, and a lot of students are required to complete a certain number of hours teaching in the classroom or tutoring a child. You can put out an ad online on many of the college forum websites or you can go to the college and put up signs with your email address.

Another great, free tutoring option for your kids is under the No Child Left Behind law. If you qualify a low income, the chances are that you will be approved, but you must first fill out an application. 35% of people who apply will qualify for free tutoring. When your child is approved they will provide you with a list of the most qualified teachers and tutors in your community. Many of the teachers and tutors have signed up with the program and are being paid by the government.

One other option is to find private tutors in your area, but many of them can be out of your price range, especially if you have no budget. Yet, there are many non-profit companies that you can find in your community that will provide free tutoring. Private donors make many of their services possible and their tutors are usually college educated, qualified and exemplary.

Lastly, one of the best options for free tutoring is to hire someone within your immediate family. In most cases it can be a parent or a sibling, but it can also be a cousin, aunt or uncle. This is a great option because your child might feel more comfortable with someone within the immediate family – opposed to a stranger they haven’t known their whole life. More than anything, when you are looking for a tutor, you want to ask your child how they feel about it and if it is helping them. You don’t want your child to feel too insecure to not say if he or she feels comfortable, or not, with a tutor. As a parent, you might also want to check with the school to see if the tutor is improving your child’s grades. Even if you don’t have a budget for a tutor, it doesn’t mean the tutor shouldn’t be qualified to help your child succeed.

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