Why Tutoring as you know it… Isn’t The Answer


Have you ever asked yourself if traditional tutoring is worth the investment? The truth is, it isn’t. Traditional tutoring is the aspirin of the education world. It offers momentary relief but doesn’t truly heal anything. Other remedies do the healing. The same goes for challenges within school. Tutoring doesn’t address why a child is behind or struggling. Tutoring doesn’t identify core issues, like learning disabilities, learning styles, or behavioral challenges, which need to be addressed to solve lifetime learning processes.

Focusing on not just what a student learns, but how a student learns is how the entire staff at Success Ladder Academy helps. We offer current solutions to the aging issue of tutoring. Become a lifelong learner has its own ecosystem that should be nurtured, especially if disabilities, alternative learning styles, or behavioral issues are involved. The root of the challenge has to be addressed to make education a positive experience. And by addressing the issue now, the child’s professional career will be impacted later in life too.

We focus on executive function and executive learning. This identifies the part of the brain that takes all the information that comes in through the roots and organizes it for learning. If a student has problems with organization, planning, and reasoning (or executive function skills) it will affect school performance, and tutoring doesn’t bring these factors into play.

Tutoring also is school- at least it looks like it! Engaging students shouldn’t look like school. Learning takes place outside of a school setting, as it does in the setting. We help Academic Coaching become fun and enjoyable by taking a unique approach that can’t be offered with tutoring.

This said, we have put together a few tips to help you recognize if your child may need more than simple tutoring. They are listed below:

  • Avoids work
  • Yawns all the time when listening
  • Tries really hard for minimal outcome
  • Struggles to sound out words
  • Can’t remember months, days, math facts, spelling words
  • Can’t follow more than one or two directions at a time
  • Is inconsistent with math processes; can’t find or correct math errors; doesn’t understand how numbers work
  • Struggles to read, write, or spell
  • Is uncoordinated, awkward, or has poor posture

If your child has any or all of the above listed behaviors, it may be time to stop considering tutoring and start considering Academic Coaching.