Research from the New Jersey Department of Education suggests that quality tutoring can benefit students in a number of ways, including:
- Improving student work habits. By building on the learning that takes place during the school day, tutoring can help students improve planning, organizing and the way they approach learning, projects and assignments.
- Personalization. Since instruction is delivered individually or in small groups, tutoring provides for immediacy of feedback.
- More time-on-task. Tutoring allows students to receive additional help and reinforcement for learning skills and provides additional opportunities to practice the application of information.
- Meeting specific student needs. Tutoring can offer students individual attention to help them learn in different and perhaps more effective ways in a smaller group environment. A tutor also provides an additional academic interaction focused on the individual student.
- Reducing non-productive or risky behaviors. Tutoring offers students a safe, supportive environment out of school and can help them make productive use of their time.
- Improving social and behavioral skills. Tutoring programs can support students as they develop confidence that helps them in the classroom. They can become better communicators, make positive social and behavioral adjustments, form better relations with peers, and exercise more effective conflict-resolution strategies.
- Increased ability to manage one’s own learning. As competency grows, confidence in academic performance increases. This is often seen in a positive shift in attitude toward the content area and school in general.