Friday, 12 October 2012

Support Learning vs Tutoring

Support Learning vs Tutoring

What is the difference?

Tutoring: is when your child is guided and taught by someone to complete their homework. This may also involve covering and explaining new concepts at school, or building your child's knowledge on certain subjects you may select, such as, Maths if they find it challenging. Tutors tend to be either teachers, ex-teachers or students.

Support Learning: does not focus on homework or specifically grade level material. It looks at assisting a child to reach their full capacity in the classroom, develop skills so that they can adapt to the classroom, discover their learning techniques and yes, occasionally looking at concepts covered in school (especially if your child has "hiccups" in their schooling knowledge). Supporting learning is usually performed by a variety of different individuals, who have different forms of educational and personal backgrounds. Support learning is not limited to teachers. Support learning is not performed by students, but rather individuals with life experience or academic experience in developing skills.

Is anything the same? There are similarities; both aim to assist a child to cope in the classroom and understand how to apply the knowledge that is taught. They both offer a tremendous amount of support to learners.

Key differences? Tutoring can be over a short or long period, it does not teach the child to study or learn independently. It develops a child's academic knowledge according to their grade level. Support learning is long term and teaches the child skills to apply at school and in their life. It aims to assist in study methods, grade knowledge and independent learning. Support learning returns to the level the child was first comfortable before reaching grade level. Children with learning challenges may find support learning beneficial.

How do you choose?

Understanding the above allows you to know which one is best for your child's needs. Frequently, it is beneficial to use both facilities. At the end of the day it is a very personal decision.

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