As you start a new school year, it’s time to set goals for your child’s academic performance. Knowing where they are going is half the battle for most students. If the prospect of academic goals fills you both with dread and causes tension, it may be time to call in a little help.
After-school tutoring is still a relatively new concept for most parents. Families in Asian countries have been doing it for decades and you can see the incredible results in the world academic rankings, but the system still has its drawbacks. You see, most of the after-school instruction happens in classroom situations with all the same disadvantages that this system brings with it. The new wave of after-school learning is a one-to-one tutoring model where students get individualized lessons.
Everyone can Learn
Each of us has a unique brain that learns in its own way and at its own pace. When teachers present a lesson in the classroom, they have to teach to the middle and you’ll find that they are working at a pace that only suits a small number of students.
What one-to-one tutoring does is work at the pace that suits your child. Tutors will check for understanding at every step and they can go back and explain concepts in different ways until the student has mastered them. This is especially important for those students who are ahead of the class. Since they grasp concepts really easily, they get bored and stop paying attention. This lack of focus means they end up missing out on important work.
One-to-one tutoring works at a pace that suits your child, the tutor is able to fill in missing building blocks and add supplemental materials to keep bright students busy.
When information is presented in a classroom, it is usually in the learning style that makes most sense to the teacher. This means that those students who have a different learning style won’t be able to assimilate the information as effectively. A one-to-one tutor can assess your child’s learning style and will present information and concepts to them in the most efficient way. They will also teach your child to convert information that is presented in other ways to their own learning style so that they can be independent learners.
Classrooms are full and teachers rarely have time to teach students HOW to learn. That means that most students are perfectly capable of achieving their academic goals, but a lack of organization and focus results in poor grades. Tutors should teach students how to be great learners. This means imparting executive skills like task initiation (no more homework nagging!), sustained focus, time management, organizational skills and other skills necessary to be successful learners.
Imagine what your child could do if they left enough time to study for exams, never forgot an assignment and did their homework every day?