When students are in school, it is no surprise that they’ll need an extra layer of support sometimes. This extra support comes in the form of tutoring, whether it be from a program in school, their teacher, or an outside organization. Tutoring can be hugely beneficial to these students in need. A good amount of parents and students overlook the benefits of tutoring. They assume that the same outcomes can be achieved if students are studying on their own from workbooks, following recorded lectures online, and doing extra homework. It is quite literally impossible to achieve the benefits of tutoring without The TUTOR.
As students grow older, parents start to fall into this one train of thought: “Oh they’re older now, they can study on their own.” This could not be farther from the truth. As students grow older, tutoring can be extremely impactful on high school students that are in the process of applying to colleges, and making decisions about their future. Tutoring tends to improve students’ academic grades, build critical thinking skills, and increases familiarity with standardized tests.
Provides a Fresh Voice and New Perspectives
Many parents think that they can just tutor their students on their own. Here’s why that doesn’t work. For most parents, it is extremely difficult for them to connect with their students on the same level as a tutor would. It becomes difficult to draw the line between parent and teacher (tutor in this case). The way students can take an approach to what they’re learning from a tutor is completely different from the way they would approach learning from their parents. Students respond better when they can form new relationships with their tutor, separate from their parent-child relationship, or even their relationship with their teachers at school.
An experienced yet approachable tutor can provide students with a fresh voice and perspective that they would otherwise not receive from their parents or teachers. This can give them new approaches to their studies.
Tutoring Targets Students’ Interests
The general consensus among students is that some of the learning experiences they have at school are “boring”. That derives from their teachers not providing a lesson that is interesting to them. It is almost impossible to cater to the interests of each student in a large classroom setting. With some subjects, teachers can target each student’s interests, i.e. writing projects, but with other subjects, teachers must follow a generic lesson plan and classroom structure to cover all the topics necessary. This is where tutors can really bridge the gap. Since most tutoring settings are either one-on-one or small groups, an experienced tutor can appeal directly to the individual students’ interests and learning styles.
Tailored Learning Environments to a Student’s Individual Learning Style
It is no surprise that all students differ in the way they learn. For an effective learning environment, it is imperative to cater students’ learning experience in a way that they can gain an understanding the fastest. With a small group of students to cater to, tutors have the ability to administer the material in a way that is directly related to the students’ learning style. A small group setting also allows tutors to pinpoint how exactly a student learns.
Tutoring is a complementary process along with the education students receive in school. Many parents and students believe that tutoring can be supplemented with work from prep books, and extra homework. That is not the case. The most crucial part of tutoring is the tutor itself. A tutor can provide a fresh voice and perspective to what students are learning. Tutors are also better equipped to cater learning that complements students’ interests and learning styles.