What do you do when your child comes to you for help with his or her math homework, and you discover that you can’t help them? What if the math is above your pay grade? Where do you turn to for help?
What your child needs is a tutor to help with the homework assignments. You’re not looking for someone to do the homework for you child, but someone to assist you child and help increase your child’s understanding of the mathematical processes being studied.
There are many forms that this tutor can take. Here’s our best advice on finding someone – a live person – to help your child with those pesky math problems:
Talk to your child’s school counselor. Especially if your child is in the middle or elementary level of school. Many high school programs require the students to mentor or tutor younger students as a part of earning the credit for a course. These high school students are usually available during class time at various times of the day. This is a very good way to get your child the help he or she needs while helping a high school student get the credits they need for graduating.
There are multiple national chains of learning centers located around the country. These for-profit businesses offer help with homework, tutoring, and intensive remediation to students who are struggling. These services are not offered free but many have reported good success with working with students. Thoroughly check out any learning center’s references and track record before committing to any homework help plan for which you’ll be charged.
Is there a community college or university in your city? College students are always looking to pick up a few extra dollars. Call the college or university to speak to their community relations department. Find out if there are any students requiring community service hours as a requirement of their classes. If so, are any of them math or education majors? Helping your child with homework may be just the gig they are searching for. There may or may not be a charge for such a service, so be sure to inquire. You can also go to the student recreation center on the campus and post a notice on their bulletin board that you’re seeking homework help in math. Again, there will probably be a charge for this but it could be worth it.
With the availability of real-time chat and Skype connectivity via the Internet, you can find just about anyone, from a professional engineer to a certified math teacher to a college student – who is willing to work one-on-one with your child via the Internet. Again, there may or may not be a charge for this service.