Tips for Effective Studying
Using Tutoring Club’s unique writing curriculum, our tutors meet your student where they are with a mix of exercises dedicated to improving baseline knowledge of different grammar, punctuation, and structural principles. Our tutors will then immerse your student in the process of writing and help them to find their active voice in a variety of writing styles that — depending on age — range from descriptive, informative, and narrative to expository, research-based, and persuasive/argumentative.
Tutoring Club’s Letters and Sounds Program teaches letter recognition and sound association to develop basic phonics skills. Students are introduced to consonant letter sounds that are easy to pronounce and less often confused with similar letter sounds.
For elementary schoolers, TC Writing is designed to provide a clear and strong foundation for your young writer. Through explicit instruction, students master standard English conventions by breaking down the (somewhat confusing!) English language into manageable rules and procedures. As they demonstrate independent mastery of a concept, students are challenged to implement it in their own writing before moving on to a new skill.
As students begin to develop a written ‘voice’, they are then introduced to the core components of the writing process, like brainstorming, organizing, drafting, revising, and proofreading. Our tutors offer constructive feedback and hone in on areas of improvement to encourage students to become better communicators.
With the right combination of form and function, writing can be an incredibly powerful asset in the classroom. Our tutors walk through each step of the writing process — from idea generation to revision — as a multipurpose tool for both academic and creative writing. At this stage of school, writing becomes more valued as far as final grades are concerned. The ability to write compelling, thoughtful, and critical paragraphs and essays is no longer a luxury, but rather, a necessity for any student hoping to achieve As or Honor-Roll Status.
High School courses are the least forgiving and most challenging when it comes to demonstrating polished writing skills. Often carrying the most significant weight when it comes to the grading scale in English, Social Sciences, and other courses, compelling paragraphs and finished essays are at a premium. As students enter college preparatory and/or honors-level English courses, the ability to construct cogent yet concise writing is now also impacted by time constraints; in-class essays become a common facet of many classes, DBQs and FRQs become critical to performance on AP Examinations, and personal statements and college admissions essays can — quite literally — become the single most important determinant of your student’s admission or rejection from their university of choice.
Tutoring Club believes that learning should be specific to your student. As such, we don’t do whiteboard-based, one-size-fits-all, singular pace instruction. Our tutors get to know your student and their unique learning style, strengths, and the areas in which they could use that critically important confidence boost.
When your student arrives for their session, our tutors will greet them on a personal level, outline the goals of the session, and then do what they do best: teach. Based on your student’s last session and their understanding/performance, a new lesson is custom-designed to take their skills further and help them catch up, get ahead, and become more confident.
Our tutors then spend the duration of the session engaging in example questions/problems with your student, allowing your student to then work independently to briefly show that they have retained the key material, and then talk through those matters in which your student needs a bit more instruction and support, with the end-goal of subject-matter mastery and independent learners.
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