Chances are your parents have not looked at rational functions for math or written a chemistry lab report in a really long time. So who do you go to when you need help?

At The Princeton Review we know that 25 percent of high school students say that homework is their biggest source of stress. So what are the signs that a professional tutor  could help? Hint: It’s not a bad report card.

signs you need a tutor

Sign #1: Your Homework is Epic

If you are used to spending an hour or two on homework this school year but start spending several hours, then it’s time to find out why. Do you have a big project or is the same homework load taking you twice as long? In subjects like math and science , concepts build on one another. Missing just one concept can have a snowball effect, and you may need some extra help.

Sign #2: Help Me!

We know that most students need help at least once a week with homework. And you usually get that help from school resources, a friend, or a teacher. But if you start needing more help than usual—and find your normal go-to people can’t help you—you might want to consider enlisting a tutor.

Sign #3: You Hate Everything

We know the feeling: You hate school. You hate your teacher. You hate algebra. But if you generally like school (untill now), then “I hate this” could be code for “I don’t get this.”

Sign #4: Hard Work But No Reward

You’ve been doing your homework diligently and study for every test, but your grades on homework and quizzes are down. When you’re really putting in the effort, but not seeing the grades you usually get, then it’s time to pinpoint the problem and get some extra help.

Sign #5: Shut-down Mode

If you just can’t seem to concentrate on school, start handing in assignments late, or blow off your homework, it’s time to get a tutor. Students who completely shut down and stop trying have gotten so frustrated that they just give up. A little help can get you back on track.

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