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Benefits Of Tutoring

The secret of winning is ‘deliberate practice,’ where an expert coach takes you through well-designed training over months or years, and you give it your full concentration.

Tutoring is the most efficient and effective way for a student to learn.

The benefits of tutoring are numerous. They stem primarily from the unmatched feedback and individual attention students receive.

During a tutoring session, a student receives instantaneous feedback from their tutor at every stage. Tutors provide insights on everything from how well students approach problems to whether they have gaps in their knowledge. A tutor can coach a student on how to simplify a complex task, saving not only time but confusion and frustration. A tutor can also identify the reasons for a student’s mistakes and help the student correct them immediately.

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Without a tutor, the student may continue taking the long way, or worse yet, the wrong way. There is a risk of reinforcing misconceptions when taking the do-it-yourself approach.

Relying solely on in-class instruction can also be precarious. In large classrooms, direct interaction between student and teacher is rare. Students can easily lose focus, and, unfortunately, often do. Fortunately, one-on-one tutoring sessions make it easy for students to stay focused. It’s just them and the tutor working together; it is an active and engaging process, free of distraction.

Better grades, better test scores, and beyond

The obvious benefits of tutoring include improved grades and test scores. But the benefits go well beyond those superficial measures, as the case study below demonstrates.

Amanda’s Success Story: Amanda was a hard working student who had been committing at least 5 hours per week to her SAT prep. In the first 5 weeks that we worked together, we saw little progress, as measured by her stagnant practice test scores. But I knew she was learning new material and building relevant knowledge for the test. There was a disconnect between her knowledge and her test scores.This disparity is routine for a seasoned tutor. At this point, it was obvious that Amanda needed more than just practice. She needed coaching on The Art of Test Taking. After a few targeted questions I was able to identify a quirk in her thought process. Her mind was becoming bored easily; even while we talked her eyes and mind would wander, searching for some more potent stimulus. I explained my observation to her, and instructed her to overcome boredom by using her imagination to stimulate her mind while performing the dull task of SAT prep. Five weeks later her SAT score improved by 260 points.

Clearly, the benefits of tutoring for Amanda went well beyond the SAT. She now has a tool to get her mind more fully engaged in any dry but necessary task. She has refined her ability to focus, which will pay dividends throughout her life.

The benefits of tutoring can be short-term and targeted or long-term and far-reaching. Is tutoring right for your son or daughter?


Stuart Raffeld

B. A. Operations Research & Statistics, California State University, Long Beach, Teaching Assistant undergraduate Mathematics. B.S. Mathematics, California State University, Long Beach. Mathematics University of California, Irvine, Teaching Assistant undergraduate Mathematics. Completed course work for MS Degree with 4.0 GPA. M.S. Mathematics, Kingsbridge University. Transcript available upon request. 1988-Present: Mathematics tutoring--One on one tutoring for SES students through YP institute and Academic advantage. Tutored students with low learning skills as well as very bright students. Tutored groups of four students in math classes from basic mathematics through calculus. Mathematics teaching for EFN, Inc., a private school.

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