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End the Year Strong: 5 Benefits of a Private Tutor


The end of the academic year is not that far away. Kids are getting excited to enjoy a summer without having to focus on textbooks and memorization. In order to avoid spending part of the summer catching up on academics, students should consider the benefits of working with a one-on-one tutor. By spring teachers don’t have time for review and have to add test prep into the curriculum. This can become overwhelming for many students who are focusing more on playing outside and less on learning.

Avoid summer school

Summer school is becoming an ever popular choice for kids in elementary school. If it’s necessary to allow a child to move on to the next grade then it’s totally worth it. However, lengthy academic sessions also take away from a child’s summer, as well as time away from outdoor activities, family, and friends. Many students are right on the edge of learning important topics by the end of the year. If they have a little bit of one-on-one attention they may be able to avoid a summer school session all together. Private tutoring is a great option because it allows the child to only have to work on the topics or concepts they haven’t mastered, rather than review anything and everything.

Solidify complex topics

New topics are introduced throughout the school year and students are expected to grasp complex ideas right up until the last day in June. However, by spring kids’ minds are pretty much exhausted and they can easily forget newly learned concepts that haven’t been solidified through review. One-on-one tutoring sessions can help younger students fully grasp the complicated topics because the student will be giving their full attention to just that one item. Early childhood tutors are also trained in how to help kids remember important topics and help them put things into long-term memory.

Be 100% ready for next year

In the past, teachers used to have a fair amount of time in the fall to work on review. Students were not expected to remember everything they learned the previous spring without going over it a second time. However, many school curriculums delve straight into new materials starting in the fall. This can leave kids overwhelmed before the school year has even really started. Students who had a solid education the previous spring are more likely to be able to thrive in this type of environment.

Work on reading skills

Reading comprehension is one of the most important skills elementary school students can perfect. They will need to be able to understand character development and plot changes in fiction works and efficiently scan for important information buried within a complicated textbook. Most students at this age lose a little bit of their reading skills over the summer. Working with a private tutor to reinforce new skills as they are taught in the classroom can help minimize the loss and build students’ confidence.

Memorize that math

Math is also an essential part of a young student’s education. Math concepts are heavily emphasized all the way through the end of high school and one concept builds upon another. In many cases students learn concepts just in time for the class to move on to something new. This can be very frustrating because the student won’t have time to work on repetition and memorization skills which will solidify important topics and formulas. However, a few one-on-one tutoring sessions can help supplement what is already done in the classroom environment. Maintaining high self-esteem in math class is a huge part of being successful overall.

Robyn Scott is a private English tutor at TutorNerds. She attended the University of California, Irvine as an undergraduate and the University of Southampton in England as a graduate student. She has worked with students from the United States, Japan, South Korea, the European Union, and Africa.

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