You hired a tutor in elementary school. You had one in middle school. You use one frequently in high school. Why wouldn’t you use one in college? College is where tutors are probably needed the most. It’s a whole new ballgame for students. They’re living on their own. Most are working part-time. They’re trying to learn how to balance school, work, and their personal lives. In the meantime, they’re taking some of the hardest courses they’ve ever had and all the rules have changed.
Starting with a tutor early in the semester gives your student a chance to learn concepts slowly and solidly. Early work with a tutor helps your student grasp foundational concepts on which more difficult work may be built. Learning the basic building blocks early can prevent difficulty later in the semester; it’s a proactive approach.
The more that the tutor works with your student, the more the tutor will get to know his or her strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles. This means that the tutor will know best what areas need to be addressed and what style of approach will work best.
Working with a tutor ensures that homework assignments will be done correctly. This translates to a higher grade point average and less jeopardy occurring later in the semester. It lowers the stakes for one major event such as a midterm or final exam to destroy your child’s GPA.
- A tutor will hold your student accountable for completing work. This will help your student with time management skills and will also mean that your student may simply be spending more time with the material than he or she would otherwise.
- Your student will learn early some of the important study techniques of successful college students. The tutor serves as an important role model as your student learns how to “get through college” successfully. The professor will see that your student is taking the course seriously and working hard to do his best work. That message of effort is important if your child’s grade is on the borderline at the end of the semester.
Your student will receive constant feedback on work. In most college courses, continual feedback may not come from the professor. There may be only one or two major tests or papers. Receiving early and continual feedback from a tutor helps your student stay on track.
- Your student will build confidence in his or her learning abilities as he or she successfully navigates work that the tutor assigns. This helps with motivation to continue to do well.
- When the busy tutoring season of midterm or final exams occurs, a student who has an established relationship and schedule with a tutor may be given priority. It also helps that the tutor is already familiar with the material, expectations and grading styles of the professor.