When asked what my tutoring strategies are, I start out by describing my one to one approach.
It started back 30+ years ago when I was tutoring a 3rd grader one on one. I had been working with this student for over a year and I knew there were some focusing issues. She would wiggle and look around while being tutored, but I could always bring her back into focus. I would speak to her teachers and they would tell me of work still not turned in and having the basic problems with subject matter details. On this one scheduled session, I received a phone call from her mother and she was frantic because she had a flat tire and was waiting for AAA. I reassured her to take her time and come whenever her car was fixed. When she arrived, I was already with another student, but I didn’t have the heart to tell her to come at a later time. So I proceeded to instruct both students. The school issues became more evident in this short hour with another student present, and that is when I decided to make changes to my tutoring and enrichment program so I could enhance each of my student’s learning experiences. As I get a new student, I can quickly assess the areas of concerns. Parents fill me in with their desires and concerns and I then customize weekly lesson for each child. With lessons prepared from my numerous resources and computer programs, I can easily monitor, and support one to three students. I have found that this method enhances a student’s learning and produces positive feedback from teachers. Even though my students are together, they are not in a group. I love it when my students “Do” interact… “I can tell you a multiplication trick” or “Use a highlighter to find the facts”. They love to share strategies. Student/teacher and student/student interaction has helped to increase student improvement in learning, produces a better attitude and creates a positive self-image.