Why one-on-one tutoring?
If you’re exploring tutoring, you know your child is not getting what they need from school. A classroom teacher follows a curriculum and is accountable to the school or district for teaching certain things in a certain order. But not all kids follow that plan.
In fact, they might need more time on one skill area, like vocabulary or reading fluency, and much less time in another area, like creative writing. With one-on-one online tutoring, I plan flexible lessons, based on the results of quick, informal, assessments, that get results faster.
What is it and who needs it?
Multisensory, structured instruction in reading is one of the most important tools for teaching students with dyslexia or other specific learning disabilities how to become fluent and successful readers. The International Dyslexia Association recommends the Orton-Gillingham approach for students with dyslexia.
Developed in the early 20th century by Samuel Orton and Anna Gillingham, the OG approach is the foundation for many successful reading instruction methods, including Wilson Reading, Fundations, Barton, and Sonday.
However, OG is not a curriculum. Orton-Gillingham instructors tailor each lesson to the individual student by identifying the next skill they need to learn, and practicing and reinforcing it until it is mastered. This is what’s known as a “systematic and cumulative” approach and it’s part of what makes OG reading tutoring so successful.
Because it’s not a packaged curriculum, I can use OG principles to teach beginning readers who are still learning letter sounds, as well as to help older learners fill gaps in their phonics knowledge and develop strong vocabulary and spelling skills. OG’s diagnostic approach means I am always assessing students’ skills, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and adjusting instruction as needed to reinforce concepts or fill gaps.
Online or In Person?
When most people think about hiring a tutor, they imagine meeting someone at the library or having someone come to the house. But thanks to the many free technology tools available today, it’s possible to meet with a tutor online and take advantage of flexibility and efficiency. There are many advantages to online tutoring for busy families. Even younger students can enjoy the benefits of online tutoring, as long as they can point and click with the mouse or tap and drag on a touch screen.
Contact me today for a free 30-minute phone or Skype consultation to find out how online tutoring can help your child succeed!
For some students, though, in-person tutoring is still the best option. These include the youngest students I work with (usually second grade or younger) and some students who are highly distractable. Interestingly, some students with attention challenges actually find it easier to meet online with the help of headphones to block out distractions in their environment. I do offer in-person consultations in the Worcester, MA area, but I am only accepting new students for online tutoring at this time.
My rate is $50 per hour for one-on-one tutoring, with monthly billing.