How Can I Find a Free Math Tutor for My Student?

Math is challenging for many students, but extra tutoring can help. If your child is struggling in math, keep reading to find out where you can get him or her free tutoring.

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Finding a Free Math Tutor: Tips for Parents

Math Teachers

The first person you'll want to talk to about getting tutoring help is your child's math teacher. Some math teachers are willing to hold tutoring sessions in the mornings before school starts, during lunch or after school. While the class is working on assignments, they may also help students in small groups or one-on-one. If you let your child's teacher know that you would like him or her to receive extra help, the teacher will most likely accommodate you.

Peer Tutors

Ask the math teacher if your child can be paired up with a peer for tutoring. In most classes, teachers are able to identify certain students who have mastered the content and are positive role models. Upon your request, the teacher can have one of these students assist your child during class. If you find that the particular student chosen to work with your child lives close by, you may even want to contact his or her parents to arrange after-school study sessions.

School-based Programs

You can also ask your child's math teacher or counselor about math tutoring programs offered through the school. Many schools offer math labs, study sessions and other tutoring services throughout the day.

In addition, many school districts are required by law to pay for tutoring for certain students under the Supplemental Educational Services (SES) program. The program, which was created by the No Child Left Behind Act, requires all Title I schools to fund tutoring for students who receive free or reduced-price lunches. Parents of qualifying children may choose any local tutoring program that meets state requirements.

Mentorship Programs

You may also be able to get a free math tutor for your child by enrolling him or her in a mentorship program. Many local organizations and universities offer free mentorship programs to students in their communities. The programs are generally free because caring adults and older students volunteer as mentors. For the most part, the mentors focus on teaching their mentees life lessons and skills, such as discipline and self-confidence. However, you might also request that your child's mentor help him or her with math skills.

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