How Black Parents Can Work With Tutors Effectively for Their Children - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

Oftentimes, parents don’t know what tutoring should really look like or know what classes their kids need to take, let alone how to help with homework. I often hear parents discuss with friends that the “new math” is killing them and their kids don’t understand. Students spend all night working on homework that doesn’t get completed or turned in at all. This can lead to stress, drain confidence, and add to the current achievement gap we have as African American people. So, how do we address this problem for black parents? By establishing an interactive relationship with tutors.

Three Tips on Working with Tutors for Black Students 

1. Relationship Building

Relationships control the success of not only personal and business success, but also academic success. If the parents or the student doesn’t like the tutor, the tutor has lost from the very beginning. Students will be very real and transparent when it comes to who they like and want to work with. They can also tell if you are coming to tutor them for the money or if you genuinely care about success and growth. Parents should be watching to see if the vibe is well with the tutor and their child. This sets the tone. Building a close relationship ensures trust that the tutor will get the job done in the best interest of the child and the parent. Oftentimes, it’s best to have your student tutored by someone who looks like them, talks like them, and can relate to them.

2. Teacher Interaction

Once the tutor is selected and a relationship is built, make sure to engage with the child’s teachers and bring in the tutor to meet with them. Teacher interaction makes all the difference in working effectively with a tutor.

3. A Good Tutor is Engaged with the Child 

Tutoring for the black student means being present for them. If students have questions on problems outside of tutoring, a good tutor should be open to assisting them. If students need to call them with a concern about bullying or something personal, they are open and present as a listening ear.

Tutoring for the black student is very high touch in process and requires a lot of care, education, patience, and love for students. Black tutors can often help black students due to their own life experiences.


Jay Veal

Jay Veal is the CEO of INC Tutoring, the #1 African-American owned private tutoring company in DFW serving students of all ages in STEM and beyond. He is Founder/CEO of The Jay Veal Brand which is a Dallas-based premier consulting brand that deploys education and business consulting services as well as speaking services (Host, Panelist, Keynote, Workshop Presenter), Chief Education Officer of INC Beauty, a beauty brand that provides seamless and world class cosmetic and esthetics experiences that blend lifestyle and beauty effortlessly while revealing confidence and character along with extraordinary Beauty Education experiences and a part of the 2018 Black Enterprise Content Contributor Network. In addition, he is a new 2018 TEDx Alumni from speaking at TEDx Oak Cliff EDU. Jay is a 2017 Dallas Business Journal Top 40 Under 40, named one of Dallas’ Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs of DFW by Voyage Magazine, and one of 2018 Hidden Figures of Dallas Top STEM Influencers. INC has been featured in 44 media outlets including the Black Enterprise, Plano Profile, Lifestyle Frisco, Southern Dallas Magazine, Exceptional People Magazine, Millennials To Watch, Voyage Dallas, 40 Magazine, National Urban League and more.