We’re not all geniuses in every subject. Many of us need a little extra help in some areas. For me, it was always (and remains) math. That’s probably why I write for a living. Whether it was fractions or geometry or algebra or trigonometry, it just never clicked. To this day, whenever I see an equation that looks like a jumble of letters and numbers, my brain’s first instinct is to shut down…and who am I to argue with my brain?
I needed help with high school math, so my mom paid my best friend (who happened to be brilliant in math) to tutor me after school. Didn’t work. It wasn’t his fault–he tried his best, but I simply didn’t take it seriously. Plus, he wasn’t a professional, so in hindsight he probably didn’t possess all the qualities and qualifications a professional tutor might need. And that’s what sets a professional tutor apart from someone just trying to help.
The Many Benefits of Tutoring
Effective tutoring has been proven to help students immensely. Consider some of these statistics:
- Studies have shown that tutoring can lift average students into the top 2%.1
- For students who were already high achievers, tutoring has been shown to improve scores across all grade levels.
- For students at risk of reading failure, the average tutoring gain was the equivalent of moving from the 50th percentile to the 65th percentile.2
- Human tutoring can result in classroom scores 35% higher than software tutoring.3
- Math tutoring has been proven to increase final scores from four to six percentage points.4
- Tutoring has shown in can improve test scores up to 12 percentage points.5
- Reports show that tutoring increases grades and scores for eight out of 10 students.
- Tutored students outperformed non-tutored students in 45 out of 52 studies (nearly 90%).
- Tutored students achieved higher pass rates on average than non-tutored students in every subject examined.6
- Tutoring has shown to improve high school exit exam scores by 11-12%.7
Pretty convincing, right? These findings definitively show that professional tutoring works and can help any student succeed in the classroom. And that is why Bridgeway Academy is so excited to be partnering with TutorMe, an on-demand tutoring service that provides instant help in hundreds of subjects.
Through TutorMe, any K-12 Bridgeway student is eligible to receive a discount on tutoring services and can connect with a network of more than 10,000 verified teachers and tutors across more than 300 subjects–within minutes! Whether it’s answering a single problem or taking a deep-dive into a lesson, TutorMe is ready to help students with any questions they may have, subjects in which they struggle, and so much more–24 hours a day, seven days a week!
In addition to those services, TutorMe also provides:
- Career support, including resume and cover letter writing, as well as interview techniques
- Standardized test preparation for college entrance exams such as ACT, GRE, LSAT, MBA, and more
- Support for college and graduate school students in specialized programs
All students have to do is connect online, and a highly qualified tutor will be made available in as little as 30 seconds! Once connected, Bridgeway students will meet virtually with a tutor in a lesson space that features a virtual whiteboard, text editor, audio/video chat, screen-sharing, and more. And the lessons are archived for future reference.
The Most Effective Kind of Tutoring
Tutoring of any kind is helpful and gives students the tools they need to achieve greater academic success. However, according to CollegeXpress, the most effective tutoring uses three major factors as its foundation.
- Program structure: This involves initial diagnostics, a detailed learning plan, and consistent two-way feedback and communication.8
- Subject matter expertise. Tutors should possess a professional education and degrees, special credentials, prior professional experience, and training and experience as a tutor.9
- Amount of tutoring. The U.S. Department of Education states that, “Tutoring programs in which tutors met with tutees at least three times a week were more likely to generate positive achievement for tutees than programs in which tutors and tutees met twice a week.”10
Of course, any type of tutoring must be able to fit a family’s budget; while three tutoring sessions a week might prove to be the most ideal and effective course of action, once-a-week sessions can also be quite beneficial while cutting some of the cost of tutoring.
Why Tutoring Is So Important Right Now
There’s no need to rehash all the details–let’s just say that the past 18 months have been a major challenge for students. Between missed school, remote learning, interruptions, and mounting evidence of significant learning loss due to each of these factors, it’s more important than ever for students to fully grasp what they’re learning so they’re able to move forward…not be left behind.
Bridgeway’s partnership with TutorMe provides the opportunity for every student to take advantage of professional tutoring services at a reasonable price. There’s simply no margin for error these days when it comes to your child’s education. If your student is struggling with a question, topic, or an entire subject, now is the time to ask for help. And TutorMe’s professionals are standing by, ready to take your child to new academic heights.
For more information, visit TutorMe.com, or call Bridgeway Academy at (800) 863-1474.
1Bloom, B.S. (1984). “The 2 Sigma problem: The search for methods of group instruction that are as effective as one-to-one tutoring.” Educational Researcher 13, 4-16.
2Elbaum, B., Vaughn, S., Huges, M.T. & Moody, S.W. (2000). “How effective are one-to-one tutoring programs in reading for elementary students at risk for reading failure? A meta-analysis of the intervention research.” Journal of Educational Psychology 92(4), 605-619
3Reif, F. & Scott, L.A. (1999). “Teaching scientific thinking skills: students and computers coaching each other.” American Journal of Physics, 67, 319-381.
4Lee, J.Y. (2013). “Private tutoring and its impact on students’ academic achievement, formal schooling, and educational inequality in Korea.” Unpublished doctoral thesis. Columbia University.
5Bannerjee, A.V., Cole, S., Duflo, E. & Linden, L. (2007). “Remedying education: evidence from two randomized experiments in India.” Quarterly Journal of Economics, 122(3), 1235-1264.
6Chabot College of Institutional Research. (2009). “Course success and withdrawal rates, students with and without Learning Connection tutoring in same course, Fall 2007 through Fall 2009, selected high-enrollment courses across the curriculum.” Chabot College. Retrieved August 2021 from http://www.chabotcollege.edu/ir/studentsuccess/success_tutor-notutor_f07-09.pdf
7Lavy, V. & Schlosser, A. (2005). “Targeting remedial education for underperforming teenagers: costs and benefits.” Journal of Labor Economics, 23(4), 839-874.
8Cohen, P.A., Kulik, J.A. & Kulik, C.C. (1982). “Educational outcomes of tutoring: a meta-analysis of findings.” American Educational Research Journal, 19(2), 237-248. Retrieved August 2021 from http://www.fau.edu/CLASS/CRLA/Level_Three/Educational_Outcomes_of_Tutoring_A_Meta-analysis_of_Findings.pdf
9VanLehn, K. (2011, Oct. 17). “The relative effectiveness of human tutoring, intelligent tutoring systems, and other tutoring systems.” Educational Psychologist. Retrieved August 2021 from http://www.public.asu.edu/~kvanlehn/Stringent/PDF/EffectivenessOfTutoring_Vanlehn.pdf
10Reisner, E.R., Petry, C.A. & Armitage, M. (1990). “A review of programs involving college students as tutors or mentors in Grades K-12.” Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education.