This is part 5 of the five-part series: How tutors plan individualized programs for their students
Monitoring student progress:
Tutors monitor student progress, and communicate it frequently. They take notes and keep records of the tutoring sessions, and many tutors also make contact with the student’s classroom teacher, or at least ask the student to bring along samples of school work to the tutoring sessions. They also talk to the student and his/her parents about their learning problems and successes, and together set goals. This gives the tutor an overview of all the student’s learning needs, so the tutor can plan wisely.
The tutor will likely give small evaluations during the tutoring sessions. Often these will be enjoyable activities that the student does not see as “tests” but that give the tutor much useful information and ideas for future planning. This might include reading aloud, discussions on a topic, worksheets, drawings, use of a computer or table game, and many other activities. The tutor may also give short quizzes, assign short essay questions, or have the student take practice tests similar to the tests he/she will face in the classroom. Then the tutor will go over the evaluations with the student, praise the student for successful responses, and help them with problem areas.
The tutor will provide or recommend resources that could be helpful to the student outside of tutoring session times. These could be activities, books and other written materials, videos, worksheets, suggested family activities that will support the student’s learning, or many other things. The tutor may also assign homework assignments, or practice activities directly related to the subject under study. The student will of course bring the completed work to the next session, and the tutor and student will go over it together, discussing the student’s learning experiences and doing further study on areas of difficulty.
Useful handouts and other materials:
Tutors often create (or locate) useful handouts and other support materials on topics their students need assistance with. They provide these handouts to the student (and parents) as the student requires them. These handouts may cover topics such as home study tips, arithmetic facts charts, phonics charts, how-to outlines on topics like writing an essay, and other useful reference sheets. A tutor who has been tutoring and/or teaching for a long period of time will likely have a collection of useful materials ready to be handed out whenever needed, but will also create (or find) new materials. The tutor also keeps copies of these documents on their computer so that they can individualize them to a student’s special needs. Good tutors are always on the lookout for, or are themselves creating, useful support materials for their students.
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