The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara CA


The new school year isn’t just about your child getting to know their classmates and their new teachers. It’s also a time for parents to learn more about their child's teacher.

As much as each parent would prefer, getting one-on-one time with their child’s teacher isn’t always as easy as they would like. When parents do, of course, it’s often for a limited time when the teacher isn’t really in a position to provide as much feedback as parents want. This isn’t because teachers don’t want to keep parents as updated as possible, but it's more of a reflection of their time limits.

Make the Most of Your Parent-Teacher Interview

For this reason, it’s important for all parents to take advantage of the time they are given for an official parent/teacher conference. With this in mind, The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara, CA has prepared the following post which can help you get the most out of your conference time.

It All Starts With a List

The first thing that you will want to do is to create a list of all of the things you want to speak about with your child's teacher. Be sure to write down anything and everything that you want to speak with the teacher about, no matter how small they may seem. Once you have this list, it’s time to think about just how long you will have to talk about each of the items. With this in mind, look through your list and start to prioritize the items by putting the most important ones at the top to ensure that they get spoken about. When you are doing this, don’t feel like you have to copy any lists you see online and speak about the items which you feel are the most important to you as a parent and to your child as a student.

Don’t Forget to Ask About the Teacher

If you look through your list then there’s a good chance that all of the questions and concerns are about your child and their learning challenges and strengths. And while these are certainly important discussion points, it’s also important for you to ask about the teacher. Include questions which can help you learn about their teaching style and experience. You could find that their answers to these questions can answer other items on your list, helping you to both learn about the teacher and make your way through the list at the same time. Questions such as how they can best teach your child or address their learning style, along with what the framework is for the upcoming year can resolve other questions. If your child needs help raising last year's grades or is struggling with this year's more complex lessons, tutoring in Santa Clara, CA can help. To learn more, speak with a trained learning professional today at The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara, CA by calling (408) 816-7825.

It Doesn’t Just Have to Be About Academics

Along with how your child is performing academically, it’s also important for you and their teachers to discuss their social behavior and how they interact with other students. This will not only be important for their academic achievement but can also give you an early indication of any challenges they are experiencing at school outside of their learning, such as bullying or just not feeling like they fit in. Speaking about these challenges early in the year gives you a good amount of time to address them now before they become a larger problem and begin to interfere with their academics.

What Else Can You Do?

Not all of your child’s learning will take place in the classroom, with multiple assignments and homework sessions needing to be completed at home. Prepare for these by asking their teacher how you can best provide help at home. For example, if your child will be learning about history, their teacher can give you advance notice about the types of resources which will be helpful to them during homework time or even give you information so that you can work to give your child a competitive advantage.

Don’t Just Complain

There may be times when you and your child’s teacher don’t agree on an item on your list or there is something greater occurring in the school which you aren’t happy about. While these are important, it’s equally important that you don’t waste your valuable teacher time complaining about problems which the teacher can’t help with, such as the principal’s view on a school matter or the general classroom structure set by the education department. Instead, look to keep your discussions as constructive as possible.

Tutoring in Santa Clara, CA Can Help

If you are worried about your child falling behind in school or you just want to lift last year’s B to an A+ in a range of subjects, tutoring in Santa Clara, CA can help. To learn more, speak with a learning professional by calling The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara, CA today at (408) 816-7825. During your free initial diagnostic assessment, a tutor can answer any questions you have about how subject-focused tutoring programs can help your child reach their learning potential and achieve the grades you know they are capable of.


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