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6 Key Questions to Ask When Seeking a Tutor for Your Child


The school year is more than halfway over, and you’re worried because your daughter is struggling with math and your son is falling even further behind in reading. You thought their grades would improve, but they haven’t. It’s tough for them and stressful for you. 

According to Dr. Mary Rooney, clinical psychologist at the University of California at San Francisco, “Parents often tell me that homework is the most stressful part of their day because of frequent arguments and conflicts.” 

Resolving your child’s educational challenges and restoring your relationship might be easier than you think. An accredited tutoring program with a strong track record of success can offer you the reliable schedule your busy family needs, plus the customized plan that matches the individual needs of your child successfully. Asking these questions can ensure your investment in tutoring will give your child the best chance for academic improvement:

1. Has the tutoring service been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools?

Accreditation is only awarded to educational institutions and practitioners upon rigorous evaluation whether the learning center can meet or exceed professional standards of educational quality.

2. What certification do the tutors have?

Ask about the qualification of the tutors before you make an investment.

3. Does it offer a skills assessment? 

The key to identifying your child’s strengths, weaknesses, and learning style begins with a thorough assessment. Ask for a description.

4. How do they customize instruction to match the needs of each child?

There is no substitute for a personalized academic program. When qualified teachers have access to hundreds of pieces of modern curriculum within a learning center, they can provide your child with the structure and one-on-one attention that classroom teachers simply don’t have the capacity to provide.

5. What information will be shared between the tutor and the classroom teacher?

Communication is essential, and a child’s tutor should be willing to share the progress at the tutoring center with the teachers at school to maximize the academic benefit.

6. How does it address the needs of children with ADHD?

Every child has a unique learning style and some may require attentive support to achieve their highest potential. Make sure the tutors understand what your child needs and ask how the learning center will successfully accommodate your child.

Since 1977, Huntington Learning Centers have focused on serving the needs of children and their parents. Its mission is to provide each student the best education possible so they can achieve their fullest potential. Today, more than 300 communities throughout America benefit from the professional guidance and tutoring that Huntington tutors provide.

Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Huntington’s certified tutors are committed to the success of each student through individualized instruction in reading, phonics, word-attack, writing, study skills, math, science, AP coursework, and more.

The teachers at Huntington come with more than 800 proven pieces of curriculum, highlighted by effective teaching skills and strategies. Sessions are offered during the day, after school and on weekends to be flexible to the scheduling needs of each family. Most importantly, each student has personalized tutoring with one-on-one attention from a certified teacher.

Huntington’s results-driven program is designed to develop the skills, confidence and motivation that helps students achieve classroom success. With permission from the parents, tutors visit with teachers and share the results of the child’s academic skills and progress. The open communication helps strengthen the relationship between the student and teacher.

Preparation is the most practical approach to the stress of critical college and high school entrance exams. Huntington provides one-on-one exam preparation for the SAT, ACT, ASVAB, GED, HSPT, and independent school entrance exams, as well as state standardized exams.

The best chance for success begins with cultivating the skills and confidence to learn at a quality learning center. Locally, two Huntington Learning Centers are located nearby—in the Liberty Plaza Shopping Center on Kirkwood Highway in Newark and at the Talleyville Shopping Center in north Wilmington along Concord Pike.

Huntington Learning Center of Newark
34 Kirkwood Hwy., (Liberty Plaza Shopping Center), Newark, Del., 19711

Director: Jim Power

“Most students are not taught study skills in middle school or high school, which makes the study skills and test taking strategies taught in our exam preparation programs tools that will serve them in high school, college and in their careers.”  

Huntington Learning Center of Wilmington
3615 Silverside Road (Talleyville Shopping Center), Wilmington, Del., 19810

Director: Candise Schmidling

“For more than 20 years, I have seen the amazing connection that a qualified tutor can make with a struggling student to turn their school life around. Even good students find that tutoring gives them the confidence boost they need during their busiest times. It is through those positive one-on-one moments that life-long learning turns into a reality for our Huntington families.”