The tutor to determine his or her specific academic needs evaluates new students. Our evaluation consists of a series of short exercises in which the child’s academic skills are determined. Included in the evaluation are assessments of visual/spatial awareness, phonological awareness, and current reading, spelling, writing and math skills.
This information is very valuable and implemented for teaching purposes. However, quantitative data rarely gives information regarding where remedial instruction should begin. Rather, it gives information regarding how far behind a child is in quantitative terms, such as grade equivalencies or percentiles. Following the initial evaluation, a verbal consultation will be available for parents to review test scores and get recommendations for tutoring focus and frequency.
The tutor will then be responsible for implementing an individualized plan for the student based on the evaluation as well as any other concerns addressed by parents or classroom teachers of the student. Frequency of meeting and areas of study on an individual basis for each child by the tutor and parents. Scheduling of sessions will also be done on an individual basis. Sessions are designed to last 50 minutes per subject area with an additional 10 minutes reserved for communicating with parents. During this time, the parent will be informed of the methods and activities being used during the tutoring sessions so that these may be reinforced at home.
The tutor provides many of the materials and activities. To ensure optimal progress, homework may be assigned by the tutor. In some instances, tutors will need to communicate with the current classroom teacher to ensure that the child is not overwhelmed with assignments. Open communication and collaboration with other professionals is always encouraged. Often, classroom teachers or therapists may recognize areas of difficulty not seen by parents and will enable the tutor to better focus her efforts. Similarly, tutors can offer suggestions for modifications in the classroom, which may help the student to be more successful. Regular attendance is expected and necessary for tutoring to benefit any child. Students with excessive absences can lose their designated time if the tutor deems necessary.