Often parents decide to bring in a tutor because their child is struggling with a particular subject or not scoring high enough on a particular test. The student is all too aware that he or she is not doing as well as their parents and teachers expect. Yet difficult as that can be emotionally, what can be even harder is resisting the temptation to compare themselves to their peers. As such, when grades suffer it is to be expected that confidence and self-esteem suffer as well. The skilled tutor recognizes this correlation and takes immediate steps to mitigate its progression by challenging the student in small, incremental steps. Short term, more easily attainable challenges are combined with longer term, more difficult challenges. As the smaller easier challenges are successfully met, the student gains both the confidence and the desire to address the more difficult ones. Meeting challenges with success not only builds confidence, it is also enjoyable. In this way learning itself sense becomes an activity the student sees as an opportunity to achieve goals and have fun at the same time. As more advanced material is engaged, the tutor employs this same strategy of providing incrementally more difficult challenges to be met. Eventually, the level of the short-term challenges with which a tutor can start are significantly more difficult. This approach allows academic skills to be monitored and measured. Perhaps of greater importance, however, the emotional benefits can be gaged by the positive attitude the student displays toward the process of learning itself.

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