Increasing class sizes and teachers being stretched in multiple directions make it difficult for your child to get individualized attention. Kids today have far more on their plates than we did. Technology is a blessing and a curse for them. While the advancement of technology helps us to improve our daily lives, it also creates many distractions. Computers have become an integral part of learning. While most kids now use a computer to do their homework, that same computer gives them access to chat rooms, instant messenger, games, social media, and many more possibilities for distraction! At the same time, college admissions are becoming more and more competitive, meaning your child may have to join several extra-curricular activities in addition to keeping up his or her grades. Add to this the fact that many kids now live in homes where both parents need to work, and you can see why kids today have to try harder to excel than previous generations did. It’s no surprise that children are struggling so much.
Personalized, one-on-one attention
Teachers in schools are limited by time and resources in regards to the individualized attention they can give each student. Teachers must balance answering individual questions with the needs of the group as a whole. As a result, your student might not have as much time for discussion as would be preferred. With one-on-one tutoring, the tutor is dedicated 100% to your child’s specific needs. Tutors are able to tailor sessions to best be able to help your student with his or her individual challenges. Your child’s tutor can also help to build on your student’s strengths. A tutor can hone in on the areas that need work while expanding the student’s knowledge. The student builds a relationship of trust with their tutor, opening the path for learning to take place.
Opportunities for the student to ask questions
Time for asking questions in class can be limited. It can be intimidating for some children to raise their hand. Many students feel that “everyone else is getting it,” and worry that their question will come across as “dumb.” On the contrary, when a student asks a question, his or her classmates were wondering the same thing, but were afraid to ask. Nonetheless, the reluctance to be the one to ask has persisted for as long as classrooms have been in existence. Tutoring provides a unique opportunity for your student to ask any and all of his or her questions without the stigma he or she may feel in the classroom. In many cases, the answers the child’s tutor gives may be like the missing piece in a puzzle – all that is needed to paint a clear picture! Any help we can give in leading your child to the correct answers or solutions will increase knowledge, boost self-esteem and improve performance in school!
Creates extra study time
Another reason tutoring works is that it gives the student a set day or days each week to dedicate extra time to his or her schoolwork. When students know they have a planned tutoring session, they are more likely to be prepared. This means they make good use of not only their time with their tutor, but will spend additional time making sure they are ready to meet with this person.
Provides opportunities for advancement
Some students feel they are doing well in their classes, yet they want a competitive edge. A tutor can help with this. Like most of us, sometimes students don’t know what they don’t know. We can run assessments to see what to teach your child next and prepare them for advanced courses and exams that they will encounter in the near future.