Reading difficulties can be overcome with appropriate individualized intervention. With her expertise, Dr. Mazza understands reading challenges and develops a course of action to overcome them.
Reading issues can be complicated and involve numerous factors such as:
- Reading Comprehension
- Vocabulary Building
- Task Focusing on Reading
- Critical Reading – developing a deeper understanding of the text
- Inferencing – “reading between the lines”
- Figurative Language – similes, metaphors, personification, hyperbole, etc.
As a reading specialist, Dr. Mazza develops individualized lessons targeting the specific reading challenge(s). Each lesson is created to include the unique interests of every student. For example, a pupil interested in elephants will have reading materials on that topic, both fiction and non-fiction.
Should You Hire a Reading Tutor for Your Child?
Schools build social skills, encourage kids to pursue their passions, develop their language abilities, and prepare kids for the workforce. Educators constantly quiz children about the topics they learn to ensure kids don’t get left behind. Inevitably, some students do get left behind. Often due to no fault of their own, these children are required to repeat courses or even entire grades.
Reading is the building block of modern schooling. Without strong reading skills, your child could fall behind in class. However, investing in a quality reading program with individualized instruction could pay lifelong dividends throughout your child’s life.
How Do I Know If My Child Needs Help With Reading?
No matter how invested a parent might be, most parents aren’t professional educators. In Garden City, New York, teachers must attend college, supervise classrooms, and teach under established educators’ watch before becoming fully licensed teachers themselves. Therefore, it’s normal for parents to be unaware that their child needs extra help with reading.
Low grades are a telltale sign of poor reading skills. However, since students don’t want their parents to learn of their poor reading skills, they may manage to keep their grades up by cheating off other students. Even if they don’t copy from other students, parents might not learn of their children’s shortcomings for months.
Spending lots of time after school on homework can also be a sign that your child needs tutoring. Naturally, children worry about letting their parents down, leading them to try harder to keep you happy.
Your children might need tutoring for reading if they have low self-esteem. Today, many kids plan on attending college. Young people often share the feeling that school is more important than anything. They struggle to grasp the idea that there’s more to life than education. Poor reading skills cause pervasive self-confidence issues that take over your children’s entire lives.
Other signs that your child needs tutoring include time management issues, stress during homework time, lying about assignments, procrastination, and anxiety.
What Are the Benefits of a Reading Tutor?
Reading programs in Garden City, New York, can substantially improve your children’s lives, both inside and outside of the classroom. A reading tutor can improve your child’s social life. You may know that some children may get picked on or excluded from social groups due to poor academic performance. Although some high-performing children also face social exclusion, your children are more likely to have a healthy social life if their reading abilities are improved.
Hiring a reading tutor can also make your child more confident. Children with good self-esteem are more likely to set high goals. Adequate levels of self-confidence in children correlate with academic success later in life—from high school to college and beyond. They’re also more likely to test their limits, take healthy risks, and develop important academic skills early in life.
Another significant benefit of hiring a reading tutor is improving your children’s critical thinking skills. Your ability to think critically fully develops in your mid-20s. Although you might have solid decision-making skills now, your children need all the help they can get. Critical thinking is arguably more important than any other mental skill.