Do you ever communicate with tutors?

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Do you ever communicate with tutors?
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Sat, 02-21-2009 - 5:16pm
I'm tutoring a 4th grader in math for 2 hours a week. They said that he needed help with his multiplication tables, but after working with him it is obvious that he needs SO much more help than that. He's failing to understand very basic concepts that should have been mastered at the beginning of the school year. My biggest problem is that I can't get any decent communication going on. The parents are too busy to spend even 10 minutes a day with him looking over homework. I had suggested this and they looked at me like "If we had the time to do that, we wouldn't have hired a tutor." So basically, they have no idea what's going on with him academically except that he's failing. I can barely get any information out of him directly. Do you think the teacher might be willing to (with the parents' permission of course) talk to me about which cylinder's aren't firing?
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Registered: 03-24-2003
Sat, 02-21-2009 - 6:21pm

Yes. I had a tutor sheet that I filled out, with parental permission,

Sherry

 

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Sat, 02-21-2009 - 7:50pm

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See, that is *exactly* the sort of thing I need! Hopefully I'll be able to get in touch with the teacher soon. I gave the parents my contact information to give to her, but we'll see whether they actually get it to her. It's been two weeks since I first requested to have contact with the teacher, and as of Thursday they still hadn't asked her about it. If this continues, I'll refer them elsewhere. I hear Kumon is good. Two hours a week is fine for homework help and concept clarification, but it's certainly not enough when so much else is needed and the parents aren't involved.

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Registered: 05-25-2007
Sun, 02-22-2009 - 5:57pm
It seems like you're doing everything you can at this point to help.

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