The Differences Between Tutoring and Virtual Learning Support
With Covid-19, we are in uncertain waters and these waters are not always smooth sailing. In addition to the responsibilities of day-to-day parenting, roles have shifted. Parents are expected to teach and manage their child’s learning during days/weeks out of school. Virtual learning can create new situations in the home. Some of the situations may have a positive impact, while others may create barriers for your child. For these reasons, parents often seek academic support for their child to be successful with the virtual learning model. This is why it is important to understand the difference between Tutoring and Virtual Learning Support.
With personalized tutoring, students are administered an educational assessment to identify their basic academic levels of functioning needed to create an education plan. Tutors address skills to help students achieve more at various levels of performance. Tutors provide direct instruction with the child and focus on their specific needs. They also utilize specific techniques, strategies, materials and resources to accomplish their academic goals. Tutors often provide homework support for students functioning on grade level but needing additional instruction to reinforce understanding. Tutoring is personalized to meet the needs of each student.
Virtual Learning Support is similar to homework support, but actually provides a more generic approach to instruction.
Classroom teachers will create the assignments, and the academic coaches will focus on:
- Keeping students organized and motivated
- Building confidence and independence
- Providing clarity and understanding of assigned material
- Reinforcing academic skills
- Providing structure and consistency
- Helping with motivation to complete all work
A strong Virtual Learning Support program eliminates much of the stress parents and children experience. Parents can expect their child’s academic coach to:
- Assume responsibility for assignments to be thoroughly and accurately completed
- Provide full reports after every session describing what has been accomplished and any concerns noted
- Communicate with the child’s classroom teacher as needed for clarification and collaboration