A Closer Look at Traditional Tutoring: What’s Missing?

July 26, 2023

When it comes to learning, many of us turn to tutoring to help our students stay on top of their schoolwork and grades.

As teachers, we see the benefits of the traditional 1 on 1 approach to help bridge theory and provide homework help. But performance in school is not always in the schoolwork, and understanding that is key to unlocking a student’s potential.

Education is more than just theory, and there are gaps in traditional tutoring methods that leaves room to be desired in supporting students in their learning and improvement.

Let's explore some of these gaps and discuss why we need to address them.

1. How to Learn, Not Just What to Learn

Often, traditional tutors focus too much on rote learning and the reproduction of content. They usually focus on what to learn - the facts and figures. But this is just a quick fix and they often forget to teach students how to learn.

Skills like critical thinking, problem solving, and learning independently are important. Helping students develop these learning strategies and skills enables them to become self-directed and confident learners. They can identify the methods that work best for them, which equips them with the ability to learn effectively and efficiently in the classroom and beyond.

The world is in greater demand of strong problem solving skills in all industries and jobs. It’s on educators to equip and prepare students for this.

It’s as the old adage goes - “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime”.

2. Getting Along with Others

Traditional tutoring usually focuses on helping students do well in their schoolwork, but it often forgets about the importance of developing social and communication skills in a learning environment.

Learning how to clearly express ideas, listen to others, and have good discussions are important skills to succeed back in the classroom and in life. Learning in a 1-on-1 environment, doesn’t help if the student can’t apply what and how they learn back in a group and social setting.

The classroom is often reflective of the real world, where to succeed, individuals need to know how to work in a team, manage feelings, and build positive relationships. It helps them understand the value of teamwork, adaptability, empathy, and respect for diversity.

These are all important parts of growing up and crucial not to just performing better in school, but in life.

3. Connecting Learning to Real Life

Tutors focus on academic work but often miss chances to show how it connects to real life. When students understand how the learning applies to the real world, they find it more interesting and remember it better.

In the mess of theory and rote learning content, context is often the missing part of the equation. Understanding why you are learning things, is key to keeping students of all backgrounds engaged.

It’s one of the most effective tools you can use to ensure kids actually develop an interest in learning and improving.

4. Making it fun

We understand the frustration when their child doesn’t enjoy learning or the tutors lessons.  A lot of traditional rote learning approaches to tutoring rely too heavily on content reproduction and recycling the same information over and over in the same way. While core concepts and the curriculum may not change too frequently, there are always ways to improve and make learning more fun.

We are in an age where attention spans are getting shorter, but the opportunities to create interactive experiences has never been easier. If you can create an environment that makes learning more fun, you can help students better appreciate their education and become more engaged. This is key to unlocking more efficient and effective learning.

We're looking to change this

To sum up, while tutoring can help students with schoolwork, it often misses some important parts of learning.

As parents, teachers, and tutors, we need to make sure that tutoring covers all aspects of learning and provides a more holistic approach to education. By teaching students how to learn, helping them develop social skills, connecting learning to real life, and having fun along the way, we can help students do well in school and better prepare for life.

At Acadamax our goal is to put these changes into practice. Contact our team today to learn more and try us out now!

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