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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.

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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Sleep time

Most students are not getting enough sleep. Often times, lack of focus is direct consequence of lack of sleep. Human brain functions best when it is well rested. Most students try to stay awake by drinking coffee or energy drinks that have a ton of sugar and caffein. This may keep them ‘awake’, but it does not help in allowing them to focus. So how much sleep do children need?

 

Newborns (0 to 2 months): 12-18 hours/night

Infants (3 to 11 months): 14-15 hours/night

Toddlers (1 to 3 years): 12-14 hours/night

Preschoolers (3 to 5 years): 11-13 hours/night

School age (5 to 10 years): 10-11 hours/night

Teens (10 to 17 years): 8.5-9.5 hours/night

Adults: 7-9 hours/night

 

 

Nutrition

Too much sugar does not only cause kids to become over-excited and over-active, it also causes concentration, motivation, and memory problems. Most candies, chocolates, pops, and other snacks are packed with sugar. The best way to reduce sugar intake is to not store sugary food items in your house so that kids won’t even have a chance to get tempted. You may get them a treat once or twice a week but ensure they are not putting in sugar in their body on a daily basis. You can replace sugary snacks with fruits such as blueberries and strawberries that are good for health and the brain.

 

Exercise

Dailey exercise and physical activity is important for a healthy, successful student. Taking PE courses are a must in primary school, but once taking the course becomes an option in secondary school then it is important to ensure that kids are getting physical activity on a routine basis. One easy way is to go for 15-20 minute jogs together in the evenings. Exercise allows kids to let off steam in a healthy way and it also helps them with concentration and sleeping problems.

 

Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular activities are important in a kids growing up to be well rounded, balanced adults. However, sometimes parents involve their children in so many out of school activities that the child has no time for studying outside of school. They have no time to relax after school, let alone attempt homework. Kids will not be able to think properly when they are so tired. Be mindful of how much extracurricular activities you sign them up for during the school year.

 

Relaxing through Video Games, Computer, TV

The best method is to eliminate them completely during the week and allow just a few hours of screen time on weekends, holidays, and long weekends. These devices kill motivation for starting homework or studying in the evenings. Kids will be far more interested in reaching new levels on their video games or chat online than doing their work. If it cannot be eliminated completely then allow 30 minutes of casual screen time a day – no more.

 

 

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