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What is the BEST alternative to tutoring?

Let me guess. Some one told you that you should probably “get a tutor” for your teen?

I hear this advice given to parents ALL. The. Time.

When you ask your child’s teacher what more you can do to help your teen, they tell you that you should just get a tutor.

But, if you’ve looked into getting a tutor, you know that it’s not that easy!

First, isn’t it the teachers job to teach my kid? Why should I have to spend extra to get a tutor to do your job??

Second, tutoring can be Crazy expensive! Ain’t nobody got time (or money) for that!

So what can you do to find a better alternative to tutoring?

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Use Free Resources

There are a few hidden gems where you can find free academic resources for your teen.

  1. After School hours

    Many teachers have after school hours where they will allow students to come and do homework in the classroom after school. If your child’s teacher allows these hours, make sure your teen is there to do homework.

    Your teen can do homework, school projects, and study for a test, all with a teacher that they are able to ask questions and work one-on-one with.

    Many times, no other student shows up, so your child may get personalized homework help, which is just like free tutoring!

  2. Public Libraries

    Libraries are awesome!! They have SO many resources for kids and teens! Many public libraries offer free tutoring!

    My local library offers tutoring for free for any student. Parents can just come drop their kid off 1 day a week, and have a private tutor work one-on-one with your teen for free!

    So make sure to check your local library for this amazing resource!

  3. Free Academic Resource Library

    Are you looking for additional academic resources for your teen?

    You’ve found it!!

    This website is FULL of resources to help your with your teen. My goal is to provide you with support, encouragement, and resources so that you can be equipped to help your teen do better in school.

    I also offer many amazing free printable downloads and resources for you to use! It is all in our Free Academic Resource Library! Sign up now to go check it out!


Give them the skills

The BEST alternative to tutoring that you can give your teen is to give them the skills for academic success!

That’s right. If your teen is struggling in school, that means they do not currently have the right skills for success in school.

It’s not your teens fault! Our schools and our teachers are NOT teaching our teens these skills! This means that they are testing our teens without giving them the tools for success!!

Related: How the School System is letting your teen down!

Here’s the problem with tutoring:

  1. If your teen works with a tutor, they will only do well in school for as long as they work with that tutor. Right when they stop working with that tutor, their grades will go right back down, and they will continue to struggle in school.

  2. Because your teen still does not have the right academic skills needed for success in school, they will continue to struggle in school next year, and the year after that, and the year after that.

  3. Because your teen STILL does not have academic skills, they will go to college and FAIL (or nearly fail) almost every single class. Possibly flunking out, and dropping out of college. (Sadly, I have seen this happen many times)

Here’s the Solution

Having a private tutor for your kid is only a temporary fix to a permanent problem.

You have got to find a way to teach your teen the right skills that they need to do well in school.

What skills are those?

  • Study skills

  • Learning skills

  • test taking skills

  • Note Taking Skills

  • good time management

  • etc.

Once your teen learns these skills, then they will be able to take on ANY class, AND have the skills to learn more, work smarter, and do better in school!

Interested in learning more about how to teach these skills to your teen?

You can check out the TOP 8 Skills your teen absolutely MUST have to do well in any class!



Hey there! My name is Rachael and I have been a private tutor for over 10 years. I earned my undergraduate degree in 2 and a half years and earned my graduate degree by age 22. I have tutored dozens of high school students, college students, and graduate students. I offer support, encouragement, and resources to help parents learn how to best help their teen or child that is struggling in school.


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