Choosing a tutor for your child could be stressful process. Follow a few key steps to make the process: easy, productive, and worth while.
Quite simply tutoring should be one-to-one or small class instruction. Small class instruction means no more than 8 students. Students in need of tutoring are not absorbing or learning what they need to in their everyday classroom setting. So why place the student in a large class setting for additional help?
Tutoring, to be the most effective, should be personalized, individualized, and tailored to your child’s specific needs. Many centers will follow a set curriculum for 6, 8, or 10 week classes. That means, if they don’t absorb it…it doesn’t matter – they are moving on in order to complete the curriculum. That simply does not help most students make progress.
Students who are struggling or below grade level should always have one-to-one tutoring. This way the tutor can give your child the time and attention they deserve. One-to-one tutoring is the best way to make sure a student is absorbing the content, making connections, and moving information into their long term memory.
Students on or slightly above level will do just fine in a small class setting. The small class setting tends to be more attractive for parents price wise than individual tutoring. This method will foster results if your child simply needs a refresher, some test taking techniques, or needs to finish out the remainder of the curriculum if their teacher is behind.
Beware of the larger settings of 10 or more students. If you are going to pay for tutoring it is always worth it to pay a little more for small class or one-to-one sessions to ensure maximum effectiveness and steady progress.
Tutoring should not only address content, but should also teach students how to develop stronger study habits. This is beneficial to the student, but not necessarily beneficial to the business. Many tutors rely on repeat customers. Quality tutors will benefit most from results and referrals…not the perpetual client. Developing strong study habits is key to furthering academic growth in both High School and College. Developing strong study skills early will help minimize tutoring needs in the future and set students up for the mastery level grades (85 and above).
Most parents will hire a tutor when a student is struggling. Actually, the best time to hire a tutor is before a problem exists. Have a quality tutor, usually a licensed teacher, work with your child on time management, quality study skills, and upcoming content. Parents who do this usually wind up saving money in the long run. Sessions can be less frequent, less hours, and help the student become more independent.
We hope this information helps…and remember tutoring should be quality over quantity like most things in life. Spend the time, find the right tutor, and ask questions before you put down a deposit.