Misconceptions about tutoring agencies that offer free academic assessments
Some agencies insist on a free home assessment. They schedule a visit to your home to conduct what the call an “free academic assessment”. Then they say they will work on an “action plan” based on this free assessment. What they did not tell you is the assessment they are using is just a way to get a salesperson into your front door. Now you have invited them into your house and you feel obligated to sign up because you think they have wasted their time on assessing your child. The salesperson looked very professional in administering their “free academic assessment” and they are going to come up with an “action plan” for my child based on this free 1 hour assessment . You start believing that they must know what they are doing because they look professional. Many customers fall into that type of sales trap. What this agency just did was use a simple sales ploy to reel you in to buying their agencies tutoring hours based on what you assumed was a “professional academic assessment” of your child’s needs.
This would be similar to inviting a door to door salesperson who has just offered you a “free inspection” of your furnace and water heater. Everyone knows that this is a sales ploy and the “furnace inspector” is going to tell you that the condition of your furnace needs some maintenance and or replacement. So you decide to buy a monthly package from them to maintain your furnace. You heard the word “free inspection” and this enticed you to invite the salesperson into your home and this lead to you signing on the dotted line based on what the furnace inspector has mentioned to you.
What that agency did not tell you was that an educational assessment should only be conducted by a person trained in assessing children. That would be your educational psychologist. A genuine academic assessment should only be conducted by a trained and qualified psychologist trained in assessing students academically. Your school psychologist is the only professional that can accurately assess a student and tell you what their weaknesses and strengths are. Your school psychologist also consults with your child’s teacher to get an overall picture of the child they are assessing.
Are you actually going to believe that a sales person that has never seen your child is going to accurately assess your child in 1 hour? “Your child’s teacher and your child’s report card is by far, the best resource and “action plan” for your child. Their so called “action plan” based on their 1 hour assessment is useless because what your child needs to focus on is the gaps they are missing in their current curricular subject/s not a “1 hour educational sales ploy assessment“.
At Tutors For Less we feel strongly about not administering unnecessary assessments. Your child needs to build his/her confidence from the start. An assessment that occurs before they start a tutoring program might turn your child away from receiving valuable tutoring assistance. Our tutors can pinpoint areas of improvement and gaps in learning right on the spot and in consultation with your child’s teacher. Therefore, there is no need for an assessment, because with 1 on 1 tutoring, the tutor is always constantly focusing on your child’s progress. At Tutors For Less, we work in collaboration with you, your child, and your child’s teacher to ensure academic success.
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