Last Updated On: January 7th, 2020

Proven Effectiveness

Numerous studies show that one-on-one tutoring by a highly qualified tutor is one of the most effective ways to increase grades, academic achievement, and test scores. It has also been proven to improve student attitudes about school, especially for the subjects in which a student is struggling.

Individualized Instruction

A private tutor hones in on each student’s individual needs and identifies the best strategies to address them. While classroom teachers often, by necessity, lead the class through the standard curriculum, tutors can focus on the areas where students need the most help, providing the most appropriate resources and recommendations. Often, students who exhibit similar educational struggles will have very different academic needs. For example, one student with a low diagnostic math SAT score might need to relearn–or perhaps learn for the first time–the core content on the test, while another might know the content well but require better pacing strategies to finish the test on time. A highly qualified tutor knows a wide variety of strategies to address learning needs and chooses those that will best help each individual student. A tutor can also address overall organization, study, and time management skills, helping students to take charge of their own educational goals.

Convenience and Flexibility

Tutors meet at the time and place that works best for the student and family. A tutor can accommodate a family who needs to adjust the schedule for a week or two, provided they give advanced notice. In the rare case a tutor isn’t a good match, LA Tutors will provide another highly qualified tutor that is an excellent fit for the student’s needs.

Student Accountability

When working with a highly qualified tutor, a struggling student can’t go unnoticed. While it’s easy for a student to “zone out” in a class of twenty or thirty students, a tutor can immediately tell when a student is losing focus and will patiently help the student get back on track. A tutor requires the student to demonstrate his/her understanding of each concept, making it impossible for the student to smile and nod without actually comprehending the content. In the one-on-one setting with a caring and patient tutor, students who are self-conscious about asking questions during class will quickly become comfortable alerting their tutor when they need help. A tutor will also hold students accountable for homework and practice, helping students figure out how to find time in their schedules for the practice they need.

The many advantages of one-on-one tutoring—its effectiveness, individualized instruction, convenience, flexibility, and accountability—make it well worth the investment.

Katherine Friedman

Author Katherine Friedman

As the Program Co-Director at LA Tutors, Katherine is responsible for developing LA Tutors' curricula and contributes to the LA Tutors educational resources and blog. She has over ten years of classroom teaching experience in a variety of settings with diverse groups of learners: in the United States and internationally, special and general education, and public and private school. With a Masters degree in Education, she has been tutoring throughout her career and loves the opportunity to reach students in a one-on-one or small group setting. She began working as a test preparation tutor in graduate school and enjoys helping students build their understanding and confidence of standardized tests, including the ISEE, SAT, GRE, and CBEST.

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