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Most kids are not crazy about summer tutoring, but tutoring during the summer months can help most kids succeed during the upcoming school year.

Once you have decided that summer tutoring is a good idea, then start researching the best option for your child as early as possible. There are three main types of summer tutoring available: Commercial learning centers such as Sylvan Learning Center, on line tutoring, and private tutors.

  • Each type of tutoring has  benefits and weaknesses and it often depends on what the student is comfortable with. I personally do all three, I tutor online, work at Sylvan Learning Center, and tutor individual students.*
  • In a learning center the student receives a diagnostic assessment that will place them somewhere in a specific diagnostic program or curriculum. The teaching will focus on the results of these tests and move forward from there, so that when the child repeats the same test at a later date, the child will preform better. This is an excellent choice for students with gaps in their learning and or who need to catch up to their peers at a certain grade level.*
  • Some students might choose to tutor online. Online tutoring offers many of the same benefits. In my online classroom, I have a white board, can show students lessons from my computer, or guide them to an internet site to enrich their learning. I can also “talk” to them and see them on video.*
  • If you are thinking about getting a  private tutor, it is important to interview them. Ask what their qualifications are and what their teaching experiences are. Also, ask what education they have and if they are teacher certified.*
  • It is important to know what sort of feedback you will get on your child’s progress. I provide progress reports to my parents. While a commercial learning center can have a diagnostic program or curriculum that is followed, private tutors should be able to set up and follow a appropriate learning program for your child.*
  • A private tutor should be able to create their own assessments and be able to explain why their program and assessments will help your child. A private tutor should use reliable curriculum with a proven track record. In my opinion, the best private tutors are teachers who have solid classroom experience teaching several different grades.*
  • If your child has a disability,  make sure the private tutor has had enough experience working with a specific disability.  When it comes to finding a tutor for a child with a learning or other disability, an experienced special educator or private tutor with special education experience will probably be the best option.*
  • At least twice a week tutoring is best, from the research I have read.  A summer of tutoring will help students retain and understand what they need to know for their grade level, refresh what they have learned over the previous school year,  and improve areas of instruction. If your child needs help with study skills or writing skills, summer tutoring can make a big difference in the upcoming year.*


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