Finding A Tutor

If your student is struggling or needs a little help dealing with schoolwork, finding a good tutor can make all the difference.

If your student is struggling or needs a little help dealing with schoolwork, finding a good tutor can make all the difference. Tutors can be long term or short term depending on what your student needs. There are tutors of all kinds whether it is for reading and writing or it is for SATs or ACTs. There are tutors available no matter what your kid needs.

While there may be tutors available, finding the right one can be difficult. There are online tutor sites, in-school or library tutor programs, and tutoring businesses and each are great choices depending on your student’s needs and learning style.

The first option is Online Tutoring Sites. Online Tutoring sites offer more flexibility that other options because you can be tutored from anywhere, whenever it is convenient. Some sites are free and some are paid services. Common services include:

  • com, where you can go through listed tutors in your area and their prices,
  • com,
  • Khan Academy, which offers free courses and learning for students of any grade
  • com which is an on-demand tutoring service.

Many schools offer tutoring programs to help your student keep up with their specific classes. You can reach out directly to your child’s teacher or school to learn about what options are available. Many teachers offer after-school help for their classes and have opportunities to get help directly from their teacher during and outside of class.

Public Libraries often have tutoring programs available. The Indianapolis Public Library has a Ask-A-Librarian program, designed to offer help answer questions about different topics including schoolwork or research. Many libraries have specific outreach programs to help with reading and comprehension.

If your student requires a different approach to tutoring, utilizing a business that focuses on in-person comprehensive learning solutions may be the best option. There are both locally based and national tutoring centers available. Some options include: Club Z Tutoring and Test Services

If none of the options are what your student needs, there are other alternative choices available that include homework hotlines or community centers with homework help programs. Mary Rigg offers before and after-school care that offers homework help.  Rose Hulman Institute of Technology offers a homework hotline for students who have specific questions. You can reach the free hotline at 1-877-ASK-ROSE. Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis usually offer tutoring programs including a Power Hour for their after-school program. If your student needs help due to dyslexia, The Children’s Dyslexia Center of Indianapolis offers tutorial services specifically for children with dyslexia.

Struggling in school is common among all students at one point or another. Sometimes students need more help for longer term and sometimes students just need temporary test prep. It is completely normal and there are options available for your child. Don’t be afraid to seek out the help your child needs so that they too can learn to the best of their ability and be open to specialized support. Consider your child’s needs as well as your budget when choosing the best option for your child. Take advantage of the many resources available in your area for help.