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Ah, summer.  It's almost here!  Once the end-of-school bell rings, most students are ready to be done with any form of schoolwork until August.  But summer is a very valuable tutoring time, and I'd like to advocate for summer tutoring.    Seeing a tutor in the summer is a great opportunity for those students who passed their current level of French (or another subject) with a low grade and/or are not feeling confident of success in the next level.  A tutor can help review the material, catch the student up, and help him/her get ready for the next level.  A tutor may even be able to work ahead to give the student a running start once school starts again.   Summer tutoring is a great opportunity for AP/IB students (even lower-level IB students) to keep their skills fresh during the long summer break.  Often, there is summer homework to be done, and a tutor can help with that.  Even more valuable is the speaking & listening... read more

Once you've decided that you'd like to pursue private tutoring, how do you choose a tutor? Of course you want a tutor who is qualified to help you in your needed subject area. Here are some factors to consider: 1. How does your student feel before and after the lesson? While not every student will look forward to a tutoring session, a good tutor should make the student feel good about the time they spent together. Students should leave a lesson feeling more confident in their abilities, more comfortable with the material, and knowing/understanding more than before the lesson began. I like to end my tutoring sessions with a learning game. It's fun, non-threatening, and a great review of the material we've worked on. 2. Is the tutor's teaching style compatible with your student's learning style? This could be the reason you are looking for a tutor: your student has a teacher whose preferred teaching style might not mesh with the way your student learns. If the tutor you choose... read more

There are many different paths that lead people to work with a tutor. Sometimes, positive factors bring the need for tutoring: We just booked a trip to Paris and need to learn some French before we go! Other times, the decision to search for a private tutor results from seeing a person struggle with a subject and requiring some extra help. There is no shame in either circumstance. A good tutor can help you reach your academic and personal goals. Although we would love for all teachers to be able to give one-on-one instruction to each of their students, the reality of our educational system makes this, in most cases, very unlikely. Teachers bear the burden of increased class sizes, extra non-teaching responsibilities, and, in some cases, combined classes (levels 3 & 4 of a world language in a class together). Unfortunately, this means that students end up sacrificing as well. This is where a tutor can step in and give the student the personal attention and individualized instruction... read more

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