In high school, children are taking the skills and habits they have developed in elementary and middle school into their classes, and preparing for a transition into adult life after graduation. Academic and organizational expectations are elevated once again.
The work load and pace of instruction is again increased. Grades are a source of stress for many high school students, as many are planning to attend college and are worried about their GPA. High school students have more choice in their schedules and a much higher homework load.
A high school student may be balancing a school life with their family life and a life outside of school that may include even more demanding extracurricular activities, hobbies, training or a job. Motivation to complete work and stay on top of their responsibilities can be very difficult to maintain.
Any skill weaknesses through elementary or middle school may be magnified in high school, though remedial support may be more difficult to obtain through an IEP or 504 plan. In high school, having a tutor familiar with the school curriculum or specialized in the topic area becomes a more important criteria to establish school success.
Tutoring in high school may include:
- Direct homework help to manage workload.
- Supporting the goals of an IEP or 504 plan already established in the school
- A student may need specific skill support in reading, spelling, writing or math skills, including strategies to manage these areas of weakness
- Work to develop research skills and writing in different formats (MLA, APA, etc.)
- Writing skill development for test responses, assignments, essays and research assignments.
- Instruction and practice with taking notes, outlining and other planning
- Instruction and practice with editing for content and writing conventions like capitalization, punctuation, format and grammar.
- Course specific support related to the subject area
- Test-taking strategies and practice for End of Course test formats as well as tests such as the SAT or ACT.
- Discovering and communicating optimum learning strategies to aid parent, student and teacher understanding of student learning profile.
Your student is expected to be more independent as they go through high school. That doesn’t mean they have to work alone. Our tutors can work with you and your child to help them improve needed skills and help their independence and confidence as they develop the habits and skills that they need to be a successful adult.