A Guide to Tutors and Tutoring Programs

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Finding the right person or program for your child's needs and learning stye is a critical part of tutoring success. This article discusses a few options one might consider.
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A Guide to Tutors and Tutoring Programs

While choosing to hire a tutor can have a tremendous impact on one's academic performance, finding the right person for the job is crucial for success. Finding a tutor or tutoring program that compliments your child's needs is essential. Keep in mind how your teenager interacts with peers and adults, as well as how he or she learns best. Using a type of tutoring that is geared towards the way your teen learns can also help him or her build confidence while learning. Here are several tutoring options to consider.

Peer Tutoring

Many high schools offer after-school peer tutoring for students. Sometimes these tutoring programs are called tutoring or homework clubs. A teacher or several teachers often organize these meetings. Students who are in AP or honors classes are usually asked to volunteer to help teens who are younger than them or who are taking classes that they've already passed with a B or better. The requirements for the peer tutors may vary depending on the school. This tutoring program is a good option if you're on a budget because many of these programs are free. It works best for students who enjoy interacting with their peers and are able to work well in a group environment.

One-on-One Tutoring

One-on-one tutoring is what most people think of when they consider tutoring. A tutor from a learning center, local university or from your neighborhood can meet with your teen beyond classroom walls. This type of tutoring is more personable as the tutor can identify your teenager's specific needs and develop a learning strategy that accommodates them. The price of this set-up may vary depending on how experienced the tutor is. This type of tutoring works well for shy students who prefer working with an adult rather than peers. It also works well for students who are having major issues with their studies.

Tutoring Centers

Tutoring centers can also be known as learning centers. These centers often begin by having your teen take a learning diagnosis test, which helps them determine your child's skill level. Depending on the type of program you've chosen, your teen may be placed in a tutoring group or be taught individually by a professional educator. Many of these centers organize tutoring groups, allowing students to work together. These groups are smaller than public high school class sizes because they want to focus on individual students. The price for this type of tutoring depends on the type of program you select. They can work well for most students because of the diversity of programs available.

Online Tutoring and Tutoring Software

Online tutoring and tutoring software are another option for students who prefer using their computers. These options allow students to work when they choose to, which can be great for mom and dad's schedule, but can be difficult if one is not self-motivated. Online tutoring lacks the face-to-face contact mentioned in previous descriptions. This type of tutoring is good for students who may not be able to regularly attend other tutoring programs or who have transportation problems. It also works well for students who are busy with other extracurricular activities.

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