It seems that our teenage students here in the United States are lagging farther and farther behind in the areas of math and science than their peers in over twenty industrialized countries. Could it be that our students do not have a firm enough grasp of reading? After all, all of the other subjects hinge on reading. If we want our country to keep pace with the global economy, there has to be a vast improvement in our public school system.
Until we get a firmer handle on how exactly we are going to bolster our public school system, it seems that we should be making use of more and more tutors to help plug the leaking holes in our weak math, reading and science test scores.
A tutor is able to provide vast experience, expertise and encouragement to students who are lagging behind the norm. Tutors do not just sit down with the students and provide the answers, but they assist the students in problem solving and in obtaining answers.
The big challenge is to focus on school assignments within the context of which they are assigned. Tutoring is far different that just two students getting together and one copying the answer from the other's paper. Learning does not take place in that way. If the student works at getting the answer, then they feel a certain sense of pride and self-satisfaction from a job well done.
With so many students doing so poorly on standardized test scores, it is not wonder that tutoring agencies are springing up like grass. There is on online tutoring agency that has been featured on NBC's Today's Show. It is called TutorVista and offers English tutoring, math tutoring, science tutoring and test preparation.
The student is able to schedule tutoring as well as homework help sessions whenever they are needed and for an unlimited number of times. Your student is able to get personalized online tutoring as well as homework help services all by experienced tutors.
If you are looking for a tutor for your child you should not expect him or her to have to diagnose any learning disabilities that your child may have. Diagnosis of any learning disabilities should be determined by a professional academic counselor and not by a tutor. Of course, sometimes a tutor can pick up on things that your child's regular teachers may miss. I would certainly take any recommendations your tutor may give.
If you already happen to be a tutor, then you want to establish clear expectations for your learner. You will also want to keep and accurately follow a consistent set of rules. Have them written down, post them so that your student can see them and often refer to them. Rules are necessary especially in this day and age when children are really crying out for consistency in their lives. Above all, keep your rules fair.
You will find that when you have fair and uncompromising rules, they will cut down on unnecessary struggles. You, as a tutor, must also know your own strengths and limitations. Certainly if you struggled with algebra in your high school and college years, you should definitely not try to be a math tutor. If you shined in English and writing then definitely English is your niche and you should utilize all of your skills so you can pass them on to your students.
Make sure that you do not lord it over the students you are tutoring. You should build a relationship of trust with your students. Let your students know that it is all right to make a mistake and mess up. After all, learning is a process and it will often involve unsuccessful attempts before arriving at the right answer.