The COVID-19 pandemic has sent many children from welcoming classrooms to unfamiliar virtual learning environments. While teachers worked through this transition to keep up with student needs, many students have fallen behind. The sudden switch to remote learning has reduced the quality of instruction for students throughout the country, and standardized test scores show a significant learning loss as a result.
When the 2020 school year came to a close, experts estimated that students would return to Fall terms with 70% of learning gains in reading and 50% of learning gains in math compared to previous years. This is a significant drop in learning and many parents are concerned.
Tutoring can bridge the gap. Here are some ways that tutoring can help your child get past the losses created by COVID-19 and move forward with confidence in spite of the pandemic.
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1. Tutoring Provides One-on-One Attention
One of the reasons kids are falling behind with virtual learning is the learning environment makes it more difficult for teachers to interact individually with their students. Students cannot get a quick answer to their question or have a teacher come to their desk to show them how to do something. Tutoring can give students that one-on-one attention they have missed in the virtual classroom.
2. Tutors Find the Areas Where Students Struggle
Tutors have the unique ability to help students in the areas where they specifically struggle. Many tutors start with testing to see what areas students need the most help in, then tailor their tutoring to those areas. If a student is strong in reading but weak in math, the tutor will focus more effort on math to bring them up to pace.
3. Tutoring Teaches Needed Study Skills
Students are losing some of their study skills with the unexpected shift to virtual learning. With tutoring, those study skills can get re-learned. Tutors not only help students with academics, but also with time management skills, learning plans, and test preparation. Since virtual learning requires more self-direction than students are used to, this can be invaluable in the fight against COVID-19 learning loss.
4. Tutoring Boosts Confidence
The world for today’s students has been turned upside down. School as they know it is no longer there, and this new reality has hurt the self-esteem and confidence of even the brightest students. Working directly with a tutor has been shown to improve self-esteem and confidence. By building up students with tutoring, families can help reduce the confidence-destroying effects of virtual learning.
5. Tutors Can Challenge Students
Sometimes, learning loss is less about falling behind and more about not reaching full potential. Challenging bright learners is difficult in a remote environment, and most teachers were thrown into virtual teaching without any time to prepare. A tutor can help provide a challenge to students who are bored or not achieving because of the lack of advanced instruction in the virtual learning environment.
How to Get Started with a Tutor for Your Child
If you fear that COVID learning loss is hurting your child, tutoring could be the answer. Find a tutor in your area, and write up a tutoring contract to get started. A contract will protect both you and your tutor while ensuring all expectations are clearly defined.
In addition to learning loss, COVID has created unique legal concerns for individuals and families across the country. Visit the Rocket Lawyer COVID Legal Center to learn more about what you can do to protect yourself. If you have a legal question, reach out to a Rocket Lawyer On Call® attorney for fast and affordable answers.
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