“Just the facts, ma’am.” — Common Tutoring Myths, pt. 1


There are so many myths and misconceptions out there about tutoring.  If you are searching for a tutor, I feel it is important that you have a better understanding about tutoring and how it works.  Whether you decide to choose North Coast Education Services or another company, you should be well-informed.  You need to know just the facts!

We will be addressing common myths about tutoring and academic support throughout the coming weeks.  We hope you will find the information helpful and beneficial as you continue your search!

Have a question about tutoring?  (It may be a myth.)  Let us know in the comments and we’ll address it in an upcoming post!

Here are today’s three myths:


1. “If we’re looking for a tutor, my child’s teacher must be terrible.”

The need for tutoring does not directly reflect upon the skills of the classroom teacher.  Teachers are responsible for the learning of multiple students at one time.  In a classroom setting, it can be challenging to provide specific instruction to one struggling student.  Even with the help of a dedicated intervention specialist or classroom aide, some students still experience challenges.  Tutoring can provide a student with individual one-on-one support to help improve specific skills and subjects.


2. “The best tutors must be current or retired teachers.”

North Coast Education Services does not hire just current and retired teachers.  We also hire area professionals and individuals with a passion for educating.  One of our most successful tutoring stories is about David, a 7th grader who went up five grade levels in all subjects in just two years.  Who was his tutor?  A chemist.

(Click here to read David’s story!)

Don’t say no to a tutor just because they are not a teacher.  Ask if they have any practical experience teaching the subject and working with kids.


3.  “Tutoring takes too long.”

It is true that tutoring is a process and it does take time.  There is no “magic pill” that will miraculously help your child learn how to read or do subtraction.  Tutoring is not a quick fix solution.  But, with time and dedication, your child will learn and you will see improvement.  That is why it is best to start early when you first notice your child struggling.  If you wait until spring, it may be too late for that school year.


Stay tuned as we reveal the truth behind more common tutoring myths!


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Dave Hoffman