“Education is not the filing of a pail, but the lighting of a fire” ~ William Butler Yeats

Why Is Tutoring So Effective?

Tutors help ignite the learning desire flame within students. Tutoring is more than just a tool to improve a student’s grades. It is an opportunity for a student to intellectually develop themselves in order to become an even better student. Tutoring is not just a Q&A session, but rather a time when a student is able to get help discovering their intellectual path and their creative interests. In the long run it boosts a student’s confidence and self-esteem because they are now able to more consciously and effectively make changes to their study habits and see the results that come from those changes.

Tutoring is effective because:

It’s a New Environment
Tutoring provides an environment for students to learn in that is completely separate from their home and school-life. This new environment provides a student with a place that they are able to explore their academic difficulties that they may not be able to address in other areas of their life. It is also important to realize that even though tutoring “teaches” students certain skills and subject matters it is not a replacement of the traditional classroom setting where students obtain the basis of their knowledge.
It Develops Intellectual Independence
On the most basic level, tutoring is a knowledgeable person guiding another person to a better understanding of something that they were struggling to understand before. One of the main and most obvious goals of tutoring is to improve a student’s understanding and knowledge of a subject, but the ultimate goal of tutoring is to have the student achieve intellectual independence. A tutor’s job is to increase a student’s capacity to learn rather than simply teach them skills and subject matter. A tutor should work with a student to develop skills and habits that enable them to solve problems on their own.
It Provides a One-on-One Relationship
Students can best develop these skills and habits they need to become intellectually independent through one-on-one tutoring sessions. One-on-one tutoring also enhances the knowledge a student receives from learning in the classroom. This kind of tutoring provides students with more personalized, one-on-one attention that they most likely do not receive from their teachers at school. Since it is just the tutor and the student they are able to form a unique relationship based on trust which enables a more open pathway of learning to occur.
In a relationship like this the tutor is neither the student’s parent nor their teacher but rather a third-party who simply cares and is interested in whether or not the student is intellectually improving. In some cases this kind of relationship might cause a student to listen to their tutor differently than they would listen to their parents or school, which could thus allow them to learn more about their subjects as well as their own individual habits. This relationship also sets a tutor apart from just being another adult telling them what to do.