How K-12 Tutoring Can Make a Tremendous Different in Your Student’s Education
- February 4, 2017
- Posted by: Admin
- Category: K-12 Topics
When most people think of tutoring their minds go directly to “help” for students who are developmentally behind or struggling with content in their school subjects. However, ALL K-12 students, whether they’re gifted, have a learning disability or fall somewhere in the middle, can benefit from tutoring. Unfortunately, public school education in the U.S. is still under “reform” and even if your student attends private school, there are only so many hours during the school day and most teachers can’t reach all students to give them the time and attention that they need. This is no knock at all of the hard work that teachers across the country put in day after day and even during their “breaks” from school–it is just the reality. Schools are trying to comply with more and more testing mandates, state laws, etc. which trickles right down to the teachers, piling even more responsibilities on their plates and the students suffer in the end. So if you’re thinking, “My student is doing great in school, they don’t need tutoring”–think again. Your student may be slipping through the cracks or losing out on valuable opportunities to advance and not even know it. Although we could write a book on the benefits of K-12 tutoring, we’ll instead give you the top 5 reasons your student should receive tutorials.
5. Many public schools offer FREE tutoring for students, especially those in under served communities, so even if tutoring is not affordable for you, there are other options. There are also a variety of FREE online tutoring options (see blog on “Free Homework Help for Your Student) that your student can use, if staying after school isn’t an option. The downside of after school tutoring is that sometimes students are assigned their same classroom teacher as a tutor, which can be a problem if the student doesn’t understand the teacher’s delivery or teach methods in the first place. On the other hand, if the student just need a little one-on-one attention, this can be extremely beneficial.
4. According to a study conduct by Harvard Professor, Dr. Raj Chetty, Bloomberg Business Week reports that for every bad year of teaching, it costs a student $50,000 in lifetime earnings. See full article here. Again, we’re not assuming that all teachers are “bad”. Many of us are where we are today because of some wonderful educators. However, we’ve all experienced that one that we’d rather not remember. If your student has an ineffective teacher, no matter how smart they are, ignoring it and hoping to play catch-up next year can be detrimental!
3. Multi-level classrooms are not going anywhere anytime soon. As a matter of fact, with stringent budgets across many school districts, classrooms are jam-packed with students in numbers upwards of 40 or more. Even in an ideal classroom such as an AP (Advanced Placement) class, where all students should be above-level, there will be various levels of student ability where the teacher will have to be very flexible in trying to accommodate different learning styles and abilities while challenging the students. So just imagine a “regular” classroom with students of average and below average abilities, English-Language Learners, students with modifications, and special needs, etc. The teacher can only do so much in 50 minutes a day! Where does your student fit into all of this?
2. Tutoring can help identify problem areas before it is too late. Again, referring back to number 3, if your student is placed in a classroom where his/her needs are not being met or even if they have fallen behind for one of many other reasons, the teacher is not always equipped to figure out that there is a problem. Moreover, there are also instances where students are labeled as “slow” or “behavior” when they actually aren’t. An accurate assessment and some one-on- one time may find that a student doesn’t have a problem at all! They just needed more meaningful instruction.
1. Tutoring enriches what a child already knows and fosters self-esteem and confidence. The old saying, “practice makes perfect” couldn’t be truer in this case. We’ve all experienced that moment when we were given a test at mid-term and were expected to recall facts from the beginning of the year and struggled to remember the steps to solving an equation or the name of a literary device used in a poem. That’s because we memorized it long enough to pass the first test and never looked back! Some of us never really understood it in the first place! A good tutor can give a student additional practice on content that the student didn’t seem to master the first time or two it was taught. The tutor can also provide one-on-one instruction and offer new and creative ways of re-teaching or extending material, which can engage or challenge your gifted student or help the struggling student. When students KNOW that they understand, they become confident and enjoy learning much more.