Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Tutoring

Every individual student will have a unique tutoring need. There is no substitute for talking with me about your specific situation, but as you consider the exact detail of your own wants and needs, it might be useful to think about some of the more general, tuition FAQ’s below. Question? Answer

Why should I consider private chemistry tuition for my high school aged son or daughter? Many high school students find that chemistry is a challenging subject for a variety of reasons. Those reasons include the intellectual demands of the subject, difficulties with the mathematical aspects of chemistry, and problems associated with the instruction they are receiving at school (often related to issues such as class size and teaching). As a result, many students will fail to reach their full potential in the subject. Private tuition will help the student reach that potential. This may be a question of simply getting them to pass a class in the subject, helping them to become the chemistry valedictorian or any point in between. The extra help that a student receives from private tuition removes many of the obstacles that they may be experiencing at school and the one-on-one attention and tailored sessions that they receive, will likely be extremely beneficial in a variety of situations.

Should I consider a cheaper alternative to an experienced teacher, for example a graduate student? Typically, otherwise very intelligent graduate students with good subject knowledge, will lack three crucial qualities. Firstly they are likely to be very inexperienced teachers. Secondly they may have a very tenuous grasp of what is required of high school students and as a result fail to pitch their instruction at the correct level. Thirdly they lack the formal professional qualifications and training that an experienced teacher will possess. The combination of these shortcomings is likely to result in tuition that is ineffective.

How can I ensure that my son or daughter gets the most from their tuition? Students and their parents must communicate, and agree, about the need for tuition. It is highly unlikely that effective tuition will take place when the student is receiving tuition under duress. This can make for difficult and awkward circumstances that are not conducive to learning. A co-operative attitude is required for maximum benefit.

Where and when does tuition take place? If we are talking about local, face to face tuition in the Atlanta, GA area, then I prefer to conduct sessions in the students home if at all possible. A quiet place to work is essential. It is most comfortable for all parties if an adult be present at home when tuition is taking place. If this is not possible, public places such as coffee shops, bookstores and libraries offer alternatives. The majority of my tutoring work takes place at the end of the school day and early evenings. Occasionally weekend sessions are possible.

What if I don’t live in the Atlanta area. Can you provide virtual, online tutoring options? Absolutely, in fact this method of working is increasingly popular with ALL students. Sessions are typically conducted remotely via Skype (or sometimes via Google+ Hangouts, Big Marker or other virtual meeting alternatives). Typically, the tutee and I communicate via Skype audio, and by ‘sharing my screen’ during the call (via my iPad Air and Doceri software), the student can simultaneously see any documents and explanations that I am using.

Doceri Screenshot

I have tutored many students in this manner from across the USA including CA, TX and AK and further afield. Contact me for further details.

How often do you meet tutees? For the majority of the school year most tutees prefer to meet for one hour each week. However, this is entirely flexible and either more sessions or longer sessions can be arranged by agreement in relation to need. Closer to exam time it is more common for extra hours of tuition to be arranged.