Summer is a great time to relax and enjoy the weather, but if your student is struggling or wants to get ahead of the curve, just a couple of hours of one-on-one tutoring can completely transform their academic performance in the next academic year. It can also reduce anxiety and stress and get them geared up for the coming year. Working with a tutor can also build their confidence and improve self-esteem.
Avoid the summer brain slump
Over the course of the summer, students slide back 20-30% and teachers spend the first couple of weeks just getting them caught up to the point they were when they went on vacation. Math and reading skills suffer most. Students also get out of the routine of studying and doing homework. Having an in-home tutor over the summer will keep your student sharp and will make for a seamless transition into the new academic year.
Focus on specific areas
With a private tutor, your student can get more attention in a couple of hours a week than they can in a crowded classroom. Tutors are able to focus on the specific areas that your student needs help with. They can fill in the gaps and (much more importantly) teach the requisite skills so that your student is well-equipped to face the coming academic year.
Styles and strategies
Each student has a learning style. Tutors are able to ascertain the learning style of your student and present information in a way that best suits their learning style. They are also able to show your student how to record information in ways that make it easier for them to process and remember.
While academic years are focused on disseminating information, students are often not taught coping strategies, study methods and effective communication. Tutors can help to identify these problem areas and teach students the skills they need to succeed.
Tutors are able to teach study and organizational skills as well as time management. This means your student will be able to effectively create schedules and timetables that work for them and give them ample time to study before tests.
The art of writing an essay or taking a test is also a skill that needs to be taught. Tutors can teach test-preparation strategies and can go through practice papers with your student so that they can gain more confidence in exam situations. Tutors can also go through exams to see where students need improvement.
Getting a tutor for just a couple of hours a week during the summer holiday can really make a difference to your student’s academic performance. The increased confidence they will feel while studying in a one-on-one situation will also stand them in good stead in the coming year.