A very common misconception about gifted children is that they'll succeed academically under most conditions and don't need any special accommodations or specially trained teachers. If you're the parent of a gifted child, you may already have begun to realize that this is a myth. While not every state requires that schools require special programs or accommodations for gifted students, it's accurate to think of your gifted child as a child with special needs, requiring some accommodations to reach their full potential. If your child's school is not meeting their needs, supplementing their education with private tutoring can help in several ways.
Learn Effective Study Skills
As surprising as it may sound, gifted children can have difficulty learning to study effectively. If you think about it, it makes sense. In the earlier grades, many gifted children have no problem keeping up with, or even ahead of, their peers when it comes to classwork. They grasp concepts more quickly and don't have a need to spend a lot of time studying.
Later, once the work becomes more challenging, your gifted child may find themselves at a loss. High grades and academic achievement can qualify them for honors or advanced placement classes in middle and high school, and they may struggle in these more difficult classes because they've never before needed to spend much time studying. However, by that point, most of their peers will have already learned how to take notes, practice active learning in class, and practice skills that don't come easily. Therefore, teachers won't spend a lot of time on these skills by the time your child begins to need them. A private tutor can help ensure that your child builds the study skills that they'll need later on.
Boredom can be a real problem for gifted kids. In a group learning situation, the teacher usually has to make sure that everyone is up to speed before moving on to the next concept. That can lead to frustration in students who grasped the concept early on but who are stuck listening and repeating the lesson until everyone gets it.
With a private tutor, your child can work on more challenging material to supplement what they're learning in class. This can give them a chance to go more in-depth on the concepts they're studying in the classroom. For example, if your child is learning about the basics of photosynthesis in science class, with their tutor, they could do an experiment testing how different colors of light affect the rate of photosynthesis, or study whether photosynthesis could occur on a different planet. This keeps them engaged with the material at school while allowing them room to challenge themselves at home.
Follow Their Passions
Even if your child doesn't feel bored at school, there's a good chance that they may not be doing as much as they could be doing in their day-to-day classes. Private tutoring can allow them to test their full limits in the subjects that they already excel in.
If your child is a talented writer and enjoys writing short stories or essays, for example, they may not be getting enough of a chance to practice that skill in a sixth grade English class. With a tutor, your child could set up their own blog, compile a collection of short stories, or even try their hand at a longer piece of writing, like a play or a novella. Private tutoring can give them room to follow their passions and succeed.
With some extra attention, your child could do more than just pass or make good grades – they could soar. A private tutor who has experience with gifted education could make a big difference in your child's life.