GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - As the first semester of the school year comes to a close, parents are taking a closer look at their children's grades.

The holiday break is the perfect time for a review of your child's progress. Ask them how they felt about the semester. Were they stressed? What can they do differently next semester? Do they need help?

Laura Davis from College Nannies, Sitters and Tutors stopped by KARE 11 Saturday to share three things to look for when deciding if you should hire a tutor for extra help:

1. Homework time - A good rule of thumb for homework is 10 minutes for every grade level (3rd graders should spend about 30 minutes each night on homework). That amount changes in middle and high school depending on classes. Check with your child's school on what is normal.

2. Effective studying - Is the time spent studying effective, or is your child getting distracted? Tutors can help kids with studying and organization skills.

3. Results - If you have a child who is putting in the time studying with a desire to succeed, but their grades aren't where they should be, it's time to get a tutor.

If any of these factors are issues in your family, a tutor can help. Set a plan for finishing the school year and be sure your child is sticking to it. Even with finals a few weeks away, a tutor can jump in now to help get students on track for success.

For more information on College Nannies, Sitters and Tutors, visit their website.