Tutoring Advice for Aspiring (or Struggling) Students

Being a student isn’t an easy job.  For many teens and young adults going through the education process, it can be challenging, even painful experience to deal with tight deadlines, difficult material, lack of interest, or general frustration with the learning process.

Luckily there are many ways to help students throughout this process, many that will minimize or even eliminate the stress and anxiety that can often accompany school and testing.  We spoke with one expert in tutoring Staten Island kids and teenagers who has years of experience dealing with all sort of issues, and he gave us some tips on how to approach the tutoring process.

Step 1 – Determining if Tutoring is Necessary

This is usually a given, considering the pain points that lead people to searching for assistance, but it can still prove a useful exercise.  Does the student in question exhibit any of the following traits?

  • Poor grades.
  • Frustration/lashing out.
  • Unable to concentrate on certain subjects.
  • Acting depressed/dejected.

These are all red flags that a student is or will be falling behind in a subject, and requires extra attention and care.

Step 2 – Selecting the Appropriate Medium

Not all tutors are created equal.  There are many resources online that students can undertake to better understand a given subject, but that usually doesn’t work with children or teens.  If a young student is really struggling with a subject, chances are they need one-on-one assistance.

Step 3 – Set Schedules

It’s important to stick to the plan when undertaking a tutoring regiment.  For instance, if you are interested in test prep for a certain specific exam (like SATs, or high school entrance exams), it follows that you will need to devote your time appropriately leading up to the scheduled test.

The trick here is to not start too late, because that compounds those feelings of anxiety and stress that were harming the student initially.

We hope this has been helpful if you are facing a struggle with your studies or your children’s studies.

Other Resources:

Tutoring Resources and Materials – Schools on Wheels


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