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In-Home Tutoring vs. Learning Centers

There are many benefits to In-Home Tutoring vs. Learning Centers. Here are some key points to consider when looking for tutoring for your child.

Location of Tutoring
In-Home Tutoring:
In-home tutors work in the family’s own home overcoming any potential transportation issues the family may have. If necessary, the agency will find an alternate location such as school, a library, community center or relative’s home.

Center Based Tutoring:
Located only at the particular learning center of the company. Creates transportation issues for families that may have limited transportation. Inconvenient.

Time of Tutoring
In-Home Tutoring:
Tutors schedule tutoring sessions with each family finding times that are conducive to the family’s schedule.

Center Based Tutoring:
Times are dictated by the tutoring company with little to no flexibility for the family.

Tutoring Content
In-Home Tutoring:
Uses the student’s homework as the core curriculum for helping students succeed in their classrooms. Some supplemental aids may also be used, especially if a child is significantly behind in particular subject areas. The agency is also able to help children with standardized test taking. A tailored academic plan is designed for each student.

Center Based Tutoring:
A set curriculum that is in addition to the student’s homework at school. Little to no individualization of instruction is offered. Creates a further burden on a child that is already behind by adding to the work the child must comprehend and complete.

Type of Instruction
In-Home Tutoring:
One-on-one instruction is the very best way to help children who are behind discover the learning styles and methods that can catch them up.

Center Based Tutoring:
Groups of students in a learning center with a set curriculum and little time for individualized instruction or help.

Contact with Student’s School
In-Home Tutoring:
Tutors are encouraged to contact the student’s teachers, to work hand-in-hand with them and create a program oriented toward the student’s needs. In-home tutoring agencies have successfully worked with school districts tutoring children under special arrangements and helping them pass classes or grades they otherwise would have failed.

Center Based Tutoring:
No contact with a student’s current teachers.

*Information courtesy of: http://www.advancedlearners.com/tutoring/in-home_tutoring.aspx



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