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-to-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
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-to-one
situation will also stand them in good stead in the coming year.