When does tutoring not work?
Hiring a tutor and setting up routine tutorials has a great potential to boosting grades. However, occasionally you will hear parents saying that they did hire a tutor but the situation didn’t improve for their student. What is important to realize is that tutors are not magicians and just because parents hired a tutor doesn’t mean they found the remedy to success. If you are looking to hire a tutor, be sure to read the following points.
- When parents make a decision to hire a tutor, they must make sure the tutor is knowledgeable, had great interpersonal skills, and has an appropriate reference/background check. It is not easy to find great tutors. Be sure that they can break down complex topics into easy to understand, bite size pieces of information.
- Once you found a great tutor and start tutorial sessions it is important to choose the right number of hours/week to make sure that the tutor is not just helping your student with their school homework, but actually reinforcing concepts and information so that your student fully understands. If the tutor is only helping your student with homework then you are only masking the problem as opposed to solving it. The homework handed in by that student is not their own work and this will be evident in test/exam time. So how many hours/week should your student see their tutor? It really depends on how much improvement is desired. If the grade gap between where the student currently is and where they want to be is less than 5% then 1-1.5 hours/week is ideal for the tutor and the student to work together. If the grade gap is 5-10%, we recommend 1.5-2.5 hours/week (depending on the student’s motivation level). If the student needs more than 10% grade improvement then more time is required to not only help the student understand and do well on their homework, but also to help the student with study skills, creating learning habits and doing extra practice questions.
- Your student should be seeing their tutor in smaller chunks of time (1-1.5 hours) per session a few times a week rather than a big chunk of time once a week. The shorter, more frequent tutoring sessions will help your student to refresh their learning more frequently, allowing information to move into their longterm memory.
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