By Barbara Bellesi, Consulting Educator
My daughter is in the 11th grade. She is having problems with algebra 2. Her teacher said that she cannot give her one-on-one tutoring. I took her to a place for evaluation for math. She tested at a fifth-grade level. I am a single parent who cannot afford a tutor or places like Sylvan Learning Center. She was going to a tutor on the outside of school that was free however she still is failing algebra 2 with an F. How can I get her the right help? I am a concerned parent who sees that her daughter is depressed because she cannot grasp it. Desperately seeking your help.
I am glad to hear that you are so supportive of your daughter and her schoolwork. Math can be a frustrating subject for many students, so your encouragement will be beneficial as she works through her current difficulties. Here are some steps you can take right now to help her.
First things first: Schedule an appointment - in person or on the phone - with your daughter's guidance counselor and teacher to inform them of the test results. As a former teacher and SAT tutor, I always appreciated it when parents informed me of outside test results. Keeping teachers and counselors in the loop gives your daughter a better chance of getting the personalized learning assistance she needs.
Many schools do not allow teachers to offer private tutoring outside of the classroom, but your daughter's teacher might be available in other ways.
Here are some suggestions for finding affordable tutoring options:
I assume that you are also concerned that your daughter's current math struggles may affect her chances of getting into college. Right now, your daughter could be thinking that her entire future hinges on her math grade. This is simply not true, particularly if she is thinking of majoring in a subject that does not require algebra!
Again, this is a trying time for your daughter. Focus on the small improvements that she will eventually make and encourage her to make more. Like all good things, education takes time, but the end result can be very sweet.
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