It is still unknown (at time of print) whether students will return to school full-time this fall or parents will need to embrace online learning at home. In either case it may be helpful, or necessary to seek some help for you child/children.

Tutors provide an invaluable service to students across the globe. A review of 50 years of academic research into student performance by CollegeXpress revealed that the demand for private tutoring is on a massive rise and the global market was projected to pass $102.8 billion by 2018.

Students at all grade levels utilize tutors and studies have shown that tutoring can lift average students to the top two percent. For high achievers, tutoring has shown to improve scores across all grade levels. A 2009 study from researchers at California’s Chabot College Office of Institutional Research found that tutored students had higher pass rates on average than non-tutored students in every class examined. Those classes included anatomy, biology, business, and chemistry. One study published in the American Journal of Physics found that human tutoring can result in classroom test scores that are 35 percent higher than software-driven tutoring.

Such results have understandably made many parents true believers in the power of tutoring. Parents who want their children to work with tutors but don’t know where to find one can try these strategies.

1. Contact your child’s school. Many schools offer free tutoring programs that can provide the one-on-one attention students need to better understand their lessons. After-school tutoring programs offered by schools also may provide curriculum-specific tutoring that aligns directly with what students are being taught in the classroom. Schools also may have information about local private tutors and tutoring firms, so parents should not hesitate to contact their children’s school.

2.  Ask around. Fellow parents can be great resources when looking for tutors. Other parents can share their own experiences working with certain tutors, and may be able to point you in the direction of tutors who specialize in certain areas, such as mathematics or the sciences.

3. Contact local community organizations that may offer free or low-cost tutoring programs to members or even non-members. Parents are urged to consider these programs, as they may be staffed by local college students including undergraduates and postgraduates. When speaking with local organizations, ask how they choose their tutors and inquire about the educational backgrounds of those tutors.

4. Consider online tutoring services. Online tutoring services are another option, and one that can be especially valuable for families that live in remote or rural areas where in-person access to tutors may be hard to find. Search the internet for online tutoring services, making sure to read reviews and even request testimonials from past clients before signing up.

5. The Ontario government also offers tutoring services for students. Visit http://edu.gov.on.ca/eng/students/tutoring.html to learn about the various tutoring options for students such as Homework Help, a free, math tutoring program by certified Ontario teachers available to students in Grades 7 to 10, and Ontario Focused Intervention Partnership (OFIP) Tutoring that helps students in Grades JK to 6 to strengthen their literacy and numeracy skills through after-school tutoring, homework clubs and cultural programs.