Tutoring is a common and well-established intervention for middle and high school students. If done correctly:
But what about elementary school?
At this point in most kids development, they’re truly “learning how to learn” and building a foundation for the future.
The classes are less objective and demanding. And there’s far less homework, quizzes, and exams to go off of in order to evaluate their level of understanding.
So if your child is struggling in elementary school, how much would tutoring actually help?
There’s a study that came out of the U.S. Department of Education in the early 2000’s, which I refer back to often. In it, they compiled a number of meta-analyses (evaluations of the multiple pieces of scientific literature) on exactly this topic. Here are a few of the most relevant conclusions they came to (quoting directly from the paper):
They also had some recommendations in terms of the structure of elementary tutoring programs in order to make them most effective. They should have:
In short: yes, tutoring works exceptionally well for elementary school students, especially if they’re behind in reading. And considering that educational gaps tend to grow over time if left unaddressed, we consider it to be just as important as middle and high school tutoring.
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