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Finding a Tutor: The Primary Way to Reduce Depression and Anxiety Amongst Students

"I have two tutors - a maths tutor and another tutor who does all the other subjects. It is part of the deal with myself; I really want to finish school. I like learning and education, and I think it is really important." - Olivia DeJonge

Are you struggling academically? Do you need to make drastic changes before you fail and have to repeat this subject? Do you feel overwhelmed by the daily academic pressures? However, you see the merits of completing your education and do not want to drop out of university or college.

These questions are valid, and the affirmative answers to one of more of these questions are rather common amongst today’s students. Statistics quoted by Mary Ellen Flannery in her article titled “The Epidemic of Anxiety Among Today’s Students,” highlight several important points: 

  • 70% of teenagers say that “anxiety and depression is a major problem among their peer.” Furthermore, about 26% of the same tranche of teenagers’ state that anxiety and depression is a minor problem. 
  • 2016 statics show that circa 66% of all college students reported that they have “overwhelming anxiety.’
  • Finally, the Chronical of Higher Education states that anxiety is the top issue cited by all students seeking treatment for mental health conditions. 

The biggest challenge both to students and academic institutions is that these high levels of depression and anxiety amongst students are either caused by, or are the cause of, poor academic performance. 

Thus, the question that must be asked and answered is: “How do you reduce anxiety levels by improving academic performance and vice versa?” 

The straightforward answer is to seek additional learning support. And, this answer is backed up by this quotation by Olivia DeJonge highlighted above. Succinctly stated, it emphasizes the importance of both completing your education and the impetus for hiring one or more tutors to help you succeed in your studies.

The next question that begs is: “How do you find a tutor?” 

By way of answering this question, let’s look at some of the ways to find a tutor. 

University faculty or department notice boards

Tutors are often older students who are succeeding in their studies.

And, they offer private one-on-one tutoring services in their chosen subjects by placing an adverting on the university faculty notice board.

Thus, for argument’s sake, if you are looking for a math tutor, the best place to look is on the Math department’s notice board.

The tutor advertisements will include the tutor’s contact details and possibly the hourly tutoring rates.  

Word of mouth 

A student’s lecturers or peers will more than likely recommend a specific tutor to the struggling student verbally.

It is not uncommon for students to need tutoring in a multitude of academic subjects and word gets around. In other words, successful tutors will be highly recommended by their peers and lecturers as well as the struggling student’s classmates. 

Juxtapositionally, a poor, unsuccessful tutor will also garner a reputation, albeit a negative reputation.

Online or digital notice boards plus social media

We live in a post-digital age, a world where the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its associated technological developments are playing a significant role in how we live and communicate with each other. 

2018 statistics based on research conducted by the Pew Research Center show that about ninety-five percent of students have access to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

Thus, it is logical for tutors to advertise their services on university online forums, noticeboards, and social media pages.

Final thoughts 

Finding a tutor to assist with additional learning support is a fundamental way to reduce depression and anxiety caused by poor academic performance.

Not only does it ensure improved academic performance, but it provides a support system that understands the challenges facing the average college student in 2020.