This article was originally published April 2021. We have updated the content and provided additional suggestions.
Educators traditionally work with students, teachers, and families to identify the best ways to support students’ academic growth throughout the school year.
At Possip, we hear a recurring theme that families desire explicit academic support for students at school AND at home.
- “cần sự giúp đỡ của nhà trường thêm để chỉ dẫn và trao dồi cho cháu được tốt hơn” Translation: “I need more help from the school to guide and educate my child better”
- “When will there be Math tutoring [for students]?”
- “[We need] More resources for tutoring and update on progress of tutoring”
- “Necesita ayuda para mejorar sus grados” Translation: “Need help to improve [my student’s] grades”
- “[I’d like to see] academic support for students below grade level. Teachers adequately providing instruction to promote student growth and decrease failure. Consistency in homework assignments. Homework assignments are off and on which leaves parents wondering if there are any assignments throughout the week.”
- “How can I help my child improve his grades?”
Tips to help support students’ academic growth:
Publish Tutoring for Students Information
Schools can share tutoring information for students and make a one-on-one or small group academic support plan that is sustainable for teachers and helpful for students. If you are interested in diving deeper into what it could look like to create a tutoring program at your school, check out this blog from Possip to learn more about that process.
If you already have a tutoring program at your school, publish the schedule for tutoring students in a variety of ways. Firstly, this can be on social media, your website, newsletters, through Possip, etc. Next, you can also clearly communicate the specific topics or objectives listed for tutoring sessions. This way students and families know what will be discussed and help inform if they should attend. This not only helps families, but also helps teachers understand what types of things can be covered during tutoring and can serve as clarity for their planning purposes. Additionally, it will increase the intentionality behind tutoring and allow students who really have that knowledge gap to get support.
You don’t have to limit tutoring to just teacher-led sessions! Encourage upper-grade students to create study groups to find a sense of community and a source of peer support!