Supporting kids as they learn is one of the most valuable contributions we can make. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses, but we can all learn in an effort to improve ourselves. Kids face a lot of pressure to get good grades while they are in school. Their grades can help define their futures and learning about many different subjects can inspire their natural curiosity. By learning about different subjects, kids begin to learn about the world and think about what they may want to do for a career. What they learn helps carve out the rest of their lives. Academic tutoring is a great way to help encourage and supplement education.
Main Learning Types
For teachers and tutors to be successful, they need to consider these main learning types when developing teaching methods:
These types of learners prefer to see and observe visual aids. Diagrams, pictures, and written instructions are helpful for visual learners.
When the subject matter is reinforced by sound, auditory learners tend to learn better. Auditory learners would rather listen to a lecture instead of reading notes. They are good at verbal explanations and may read aloud to themselves.
Kinesthetic learners are also known as tactile learners. They learn better through experiences or actions. They like to touch objects and act out events. These types of learners may struggle to sit still for long periods of time.
This type of learner prefers to learn through written words. They enjoy writing, reading, and researching.
Different Types of Academic Tutoring
There are a variety of tutoring types:
One-on-one tutoring is the most direct style. It is great for evaluating current skill levels to build a tutoring plan. Students are able to set the pace with regular appointments to figure out the best pace at which they learn. When you are able to have this one-on-one interaction, students can easily ask to spend more time on certain subjects before moving on. This direct interaction allows them to spend more time making sure they understand the material.
Working in a group can have both pros and cons. At mAke the grAde, we make sure to keep these groups small. We usually have about two to four students within a group. This setup allows for each student to get more attention. One great benefit of this approach is that ideas or questions the student may not have thought of could be brought up by other students. The students can help open each other’s minds and increase how much they are able to learn.
Being able to teach online gives many more students access to knowledge. Tutors may be able to reach more students this way. A lot of its success has to do with how it is set up. We have an internet-based classroom to help students learn what they need to know. It is a great option for those who need more flexibility in their studies. It also allows for easier access to online resources during the tutoring sessions.
Students could also receive tutoring from a classmate, but this method comes with some downfalls. The first problem is that a classmate is not a professional tutor. Just because classmates may know the material, does not mean they know how to teach it. There could be issues of trust or communication when attempting to learn from a fellow classmate. Classmates will not be versed in how to create goals and a plan to get there. They also will not understand the different learning types.
Main Goals of Academic Tutoring
There are three main functions that go along with tutoring:
Strong or gifted students may have a hard time in school because they are bored. While tutoring is often used for students who are struggling, it can also be beneficial for those who need more of a challenge. It can expand their capacity for achievement and keep their interest in certain subjects.
Providing a solution
Tutoring is commonly used for students who are struggling. It can help these students catch up to their peers by providing study and further instruction outside of school. Tutoring can help inspire interest in additional subjects by helping students understand more of the material.
Tutoring can also be a great asset in supplementing students’ education. It can help reinforce and maintain progress through extra practice and independent lessons that they are not getting through their schoolwork.
Benefits of Academic Tutoring
Tutoring can help all kinds of learners by tailoring a curriculum to the student:
An individual experience
At mAke the grAde, we tailor the tutoring plan to the individual students. By assessing their current skill levels, we can determine goals and a plan for reaching them. Our tutoring allows for each student to have a unique plan created for him or her.
When students are in class, it is hard for teachers to provide one-on-one attention. They are outnumbered and many students may not receive the instruction they need to excel. Tutors have the time to really get to know their students. They are able to learn students’ different learning styles to be able to help them learn in the most efficient way possible. Tutors’ methods can be adapted to suit each student and increase the success of the tutoring plan.
Improve academic performance
By working with a tutor, students can better prepare for tests and exams. Tutors will work with students on their problem areas to increase knowledge of these subjects. By increasing this knowledge, it will help their grades to improve as well.
Improves attitude toward learning and school
Students often become frustrated when they are not able to understand something. They could shut down and develop a sour attitude toward school and learning as a whole. They may feel overwhelmed and not know where to turn to. When students work with a tutor, they will be able to ask more questions and have someone help understand the material. This encouragement can help improve the attitude they have and help them view learning as fun again.
Improves self-esteem and confidence
When students have the resources and skills to succeed, they will believe in themselves more. This newfound confidence is a valuable asset in school and in life.
Improves study habits
Not only does working with a tutor help students academically, but it also helps with overall study habits. We at mAke the grAde teach students the best practices to study and retain knowledge. These skills help students throughout their lives and help them achieve their goals in and out of school.
Provides a positive learning environment
To focus and retain knowledge, students need to be confident and secure in their surroundings. Tutoring gives students an environment that is free from the usual distractions. Students can focus better because there are fewer students and disruptions.
Encourages responsibility and independence
Students who work with a tutor are taking a more active role in managing their education. They will be able to do homework without help and see the value of taking personal responsibility. They will better take responsibility for their actions.
Helps overcome problem areas
With one-on-one attention, tutors are able to specifically target difficult subjects with students. This focus allows students to have more study time where they really need it.
Encourages asking questions
When students are in a large group of their peers, they may be reluctant to ask questions in front of everyone. They may feel self-conscious or that their question is not a valid one. With academic tutoring, students may be more open to voice when they do not understand something. It can also help teach them how to ask these questions when they are in a larger group.
Provides a challenge
Even if students are doing well in school, they can still benefit from tutoring. Tutoring offers an opportunity to learn more about things they are interested in and dive deeper into certain subjects. If students are bored, they need a challenge. Tutoring can provide this help.
Provides direct feedback
When students are in a classroom setting, they may find it difficult to get specific and in-depth feedback. With one-on-one attention, students are able to receive detailed feedback on their work and information about their strengths and weaknesses. This information can help students improve and build their academic skills.
Helps students prepare for college
Tutoring is a great way to teach students how to build study plans and time management skills that they are going to need when they get to college. The skills they learn will help them as they grow older.
Tutoring is a great addition to students’ academic plans. Through it, they can better understand their strengths and weaknesses and how to better study in the future.
Contact mAke the grAde
At mAke the grAde we offer assessments to help determine your child’s level of understanding and how to build goals from there. Contact us to see how we can help.
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