One on one vs. Group Tutoring
One on one tutoring in our counselling office offers children a better understanding of areas they may be struggling with, especially with special education tutoring. Not all children are ‘traditional’ learners, some have special needs for education. Some children do not get the attention they need in large classrooms or group tutoring sessions. Kids may come across as quiet and shy in groups. Although, this may be due to the fact that they are not understanding the subject matter as quickly as some other kids. One on one sessions can create a more comfortable environment to ask questions and learn at their own pace. In groups and classrooms kids may feel uncomfortable asking questions or speaking up. Additionally, our approach ensures all questions are answered. Our goal is to provide all kids to have more confidence in their learning abilities.
Benefits of a Tutoring Space
Firstly, our special education tutoring services are offered in our counselling office. This ensures that there are less distractions than there might be at home. When children are trying to learn at home, it can be more difficult for them to concentrate. This could be due to siblings, pets, parents, toys, television and many other factors. Our educational space offers a comfortable environment that promotes learning and focus.
Providing tutoring in our office allows us to have the resources we might need for each child, whether that be technology, printing worksheets, or any other supplies needed. When tutoring begins we send parents home with a supplies checklist of things like pencils, binders, calculators etc. so that they may have the necessary supplies for the work they are doing. Each child will also get his/her own cubby which they can keep any work they complete here and their supplies so they don’t have to worry about bringing everything every week.
We offer a fundamentally different approach; coming from a psychology background, integrating evidence based educational approaches vs. Coming from a strictly education background.
Non-Traditional learners and children with special needs, need personalized one on one attention to ensure they are reaching their fullest potential. We use a very personalized approach when creating learning plans for each child. Many other tutoring services tend to use the same approach for certain learning struggles and grade levels.
We offer tutoring for children diagnosed with a learning disability or children who may be diagnosable. Some examples of the needs we cater to are:
- Tourette syndrome
- Reading/Math learning disabilities
- Processing problems
- Anxiety related to learning
When children have a confirmed diagnosis through a psycho-educational assessment we are able to cater to those specific needs and create an individualized learning plan. Some parents may believe their child has a diagnosable learning disability but have not gone through the testing, we can assist with this as well. During tutoring sessions we can watch out for signs and let the parent know if they child should go through the psycho-educational assessment process.
We also work with IEP (Individual Education Plan) and IPRC (Identification Placement and Review Committee). When a child is deemed exceptional, or has special needs at school, this is when the IPRC process starts. This means that the school decides if the child needs any special technology for the learning process. We can work with students to feel comfortable with the services they have been provided. IEP’s are done for any children with exceptional and special needs as well. If a child has not been deemed special needs or exceptional they are still able to get an IEP. This is a service that includes modified learning expectations, teaching strategies and/or learning environment accommodations. In addition, we can assist parents with knowing what their child needs in their IEP and how to get the IPRC process started.
What Does a Typical Tutoring Session Look Like?
When a child begins special education tutoring there is a series of diagnostic tests done to get a better understanding of where the learning levels are. After this is complete, we are able to create plans for each tutoring session and setting goals.
For kids with homework they are able to bring that to their sessions as well. We can guide the children through the homework they are struggling with, without giving them the answers. We strongly believe they should learn every step along the way so they are able to complete it on their own next time.
Every month, there is a progress report put together for each child. This consists of any diagnostic tests done and their scoring, everything we have been working on, what they are excelling at and what they need help in.
We offer tutoring all year round with a Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter terms. Each session is 2 hours a week for each term.