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English Tutors Can Help Improve Your Language Arts Skills

Most people when they think of English class think of those ridiculously long, old, boring books that that weird little teacher with the glasses and one eyebrow used to make you read.  English class, however, consists of much more than that including not only reading comprehension skills but writing skills as well in addition to the study of literature.

It seems almost a misnomer to lump all of those into one class and call it English with many schools having changed the age old name of  “English class” to “Language Arts.”  Many students have trouble with English class for that very reason, it consists of many sub disciplines and it is very difficult to be good at all of them. These problems can be compounded even further for someone who does not speak English as their first language.  An English tutor can be a blessing to those having trouble getting through this class.

Whether it is having trouble with reading comprehension, writing essays, or understanding some of those books that don't even sound like they were written in the same language that you speak, an English tutor can help your child to work at his own speed.  The problem faced by most parents is trying to figure out whether or not their child is having real difficulties in English class that would necessitate a tutor.  Looking for these indicators can give you a better idea if you need to find an English tutor for your child.

1. Your child comes home and talks about he “hates” his English teacher.  Most students couldn't care less about their teachers one way or the other. If your child “hates” his teacher it is usually a strong indication that something is going on with his work for that class that is giving him trouble.  You should sit down with your child and try to find out exactly what it is that he “hates” about English class.

2. Your child leaves the books he is supposed to be reading for English class at school and doesn't bring them home.  He knows he isn't going to read it anyway because even if he did he wouldn't understand it.

3. If your child has a condition such as dyslexia it will affect him more in English class than any other because obviously this is the class where he is going to do the most reading and writing. A good English tutor can help your child get through the assignments and keep up with the rest of his class so that he does not get left behind or feel left out.

4. Perhaps it is the writing assignment s that are giving your child trouble and you just aren't able to help because you just don't have time to read the books necessary to understand the assignment or you feel that your writing skills are not up to the task.  An English tutor can help your child with that and the skills your child learns can also be used for writing assignments in other classes.

English class consists of assignments varied enough that almost no one can be exceptionally good at all of them without a little help.  An English tutor will be able to help your child with reading comprehension, writing assignmentsPsychology Articles, and the study of literature. 

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Anton Lebedev is the director of Plus Plus Tutoring, a private K-12 home tutoring service.

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