Alpine Tutoring versus popular learning centers:
Effective Tutoring Methods
Franchised learning centers often use a method of tutoring called prescriptive tutoring. They have a prescribed program of learning that every student follows. The students are tested, put in a group of about three students per teacher, and then work using the tutoring centers’ materials. This means that after a full day of school and an hour or two at the tutoring center, the students are then left to do their homework on their own. This is a lot to ask of someone who already feels discouraged about or challenged by schoolwork. In addition, there is precious little time or energy left for sports, music, or family and downtime. Let’s give our children the time to be children.
Alpine Tutoring uses non-prescriptive tutoring methods that emphasize the quickest and most direct route to academic success. Our tutors work one-on-one in your home where the child feels most comfortable. We focus on the material that matters most to the student, such as understanding and completing that night’s homework, writing a book report, or preparing for Friday’s test. This proves to be a winning formula for virtually all of our students.
Improved Study Skills
Students are typically more comfortable in their own homes rather than at a noisy tutoring center. Although the learning center’s student/teacher ratio of three-on-one is better than the usual classroom ratio, some students will still be distracted or held back from their optimum learning potential by the presence of others. They may be swayed by feelings of competitiveness, shyness, inferiority, or any number of emotions which can prevent them from learning. With our one-on-one ratio, a coaching relationship typically develops between tutor and student. The student feels comfortable asking questions and receiving corrections.
In-home tutoring develops or reinforces the habit of studying at home. Alpine Tutoring students not only advance during the tutoring sessions, but they progress well between lessons. With better study skills and confidence, students often improve even in subjects in which they are NOT being tutored. Learning how to learn is invaluable!
Most of our parents and students appreciate the convenience of tutoring in their homes. There is no travel time, and parents don’t have to wait around in a learning center lobby; they can do as they please at home. If you would prefer to meet somewhere outside your home, we can come to your work, a library, a coffee shop, etc. Alpine Tutoring will travel to wherever it is most convenient for you.