As usual, it was night time. My 19-month old son just finished breastfeeding and fell asleep. I browsed the internet before deciding to hit the sack myself. Then I chanced upon Robert’s blog post about getting AHEAD with on-site and online tutoring service. The topic was interesting. His argument made sense. Then I questioned myself. Would it make a difference if I enroll my boys to tutorial services?
The conventional way of teaching
I prefer teaching my kids myself. I remember when two of my boys were still in grade school. I would hurriedly go home from work to help them with their assignment and project. We would review the day’s lessons and even study in advance.
I would teach my youngest first, and as he answers some questionnaires I prepared for him, I would turn my attention to my second son. The last I would attend to was my firstborn who could study on his own. We would be done my 8:30 pm, eat dinner together, ask the boys to clean themselves and then sleep. That was our routine and is still part of our everyday drill until now.
My eldest is in grade eight while my second is in year seven now. And by luck, my boys developed a good study habit. They would reach the house by 5:30 pm and eat merienda before doing their school works. They have two hours to finish all school commitments and by 9:00 pm should be in bed. As for my third boy who is now in grade 5, I review him only if he needs help. Just like his two kuyas, he can study on his own. I must say my three boys give great importance to their education.
On Fridays and Saturdays, the boys would finish all homework and projects. That way, their Sundays would be free for our family day or for themselves to enjoy.
The need for tutorial services
If my boys practice good study habit, why did the thought of getting a tutorial service crossed my mind?
We parents, most of the time, aim our kids to be at the frontline of any activities they engage themselves. May this be in music, arts, sports and of course, academics. However, as mentors, we can only share what we are good at.
At home, my husband bombards our boys with discussions about Geology, Physics, Practical Chemistry. I, on the other hand, take care of other subjects like English, Reading, Values Education, and even Home Economics. However, we could only tutor them about the things we are most comfortable and familiar with. There are times we let them study and discover on their own. Funny that at times, I would learn something new from them. Yes, we parents, at times, end up being taught by our students.
In moments we are not so familiar with a particular topic, we need assistance from subject matter experts. These are people who know how to deal with students on a professional level like academicians. Other than their kids’ subject teachers, parents could tap review centers to provide for this need.
Getting AHEAD with tutorial centers
Knowledge of the academic subject is essential to any review center. I, myself, admit I am no expert on all topics, and it is best to rely on professionals who could deal with this appropriately. I see most review centers fashion their programs based on the requirements of their clients. They could be diverse depending on the different learning abilities and degree of information absorption of each student. This perhaps is what pushes me to consider tutorial centers as instrumental for my kids to be ahead academically.
Let me share with you a few lines from Robert’s post:
With the mention of AHEAD Tutorial and Review Center, I visited their website and checked on their offerings. Curiosity led me to check on other review centers as well. Aside from on-site review classes, AHEAD among others offers on-line or virtual educational programs. I am impressed how they showcase a teaching program that fits on the tutorial needs of every student. Some also have online classes making learning possible at the safety of one’s home. Additionally, as a parent, I could even monitor the degree of learning of my kids through the reliable assessment modules.
For best academic support, always think AHEAD
I was about to finish reading Robert’s blog post on Getting AHEAD with on-site and online tutoring service when I heard my little man cry. I went near him. As I pacify my baby, I imagined him just like his older brothers coming from school and showing his parents his star stamps. Then I smiled.
It is reassuring to know that there are excellent review programs that provide help to children struggling in several subjects or who just want to be ahead of their classmates. These tutoring centers echo the parent’s ultimate goal for their kids to enjoy a better chance of a great future.
It is given. Most parents, this mother included, always aim for their kids to excel in almost everything. And there are options now. It will not hurt if we check the choices we have, especially if money is not an issue. And when we think of giving our children the best academic support, it is always good to think AHEAD.
Devoted. Compassionate, Instinctive. Berlin loves to write personal narratives, thrilling discoveries, and mommy tips that make daily living the happiest. She shares the small house with her husband and their five boys.