When students are struggling or stressed and we realize we’re not the best person to help them, we often turn to tutors.
The problem is that traditional tutoring doesn’t actually help; more often than not, it harms.
Students learn how to master every aspect of their academic career while connecting with themselves as learners, not just students.
School ends but learning doesn't, which is why higher grades are just a starting point. We develop students into better thinkers and more productive, resourceful humans who thrive academically, personally and professionally.
Traditional tutoring assumes that if a student is struggling in a certain subject, they need to get help for THAT particular subject. Struggling with English? Get an English tutor. Hard time in Math? Get a Math tutor.
But guess what? You can’t solve a problem with the thinking that created it. School is subject-specific. Traditional tutoring is just more of the same. It might work in the short-term to pass the next test, but it doesn’t address the root of the issue.
Bringing a stranger into your home to tell kids what they need to know – someone who doesn’t know how your child thinks, who doesn’t get their unique strengths, values and interests – won’t get the best out of them.
Plus, the most qualified tutor on paper often isn’t a good fit in real life. It sucks to watch kids struggle through a tutoring session with someone they obviously don’t click with.
Most people get tutors when students are “struggling.” Now, this has a whole host of negative implications for mindset and sense of self, but perhaps most dangerous is that it teaches kids that they should only seek help when they’re doing poorly – rather than proactively building their strengths while bridging gaps.
Traditional tutoring is used as a bandaid or a cure, which at its core tells our kids it’s because they need to be fixed. This erodes kids’ motivation and engagement and almost always makes them feel stupid or inferior to their classmates.
Bringing a tutor in once in a while to help our kids study for a big test or write a certain essay reinforces the superficiality of getting a good grade on the next test. No consistency means no meaningful, sustainable skill-building or growth.
Overall this amounts to expending effort on short-term and short-sighted goals, without a strategy for long-term gains or growth. This is a monumental disservice to the student’s time, energy and potential.
We know that barriers to learning and achievement aren’t due to the subject matter of a particular class; they’re due to broader (and much more significant) gaps in the core skills needed to process, understand, manage and communicate information.
Students are not “good” or “bad” at certain subjects; they’re better at applying their core skills to certain subjects over others.
We build real, authentic rapport with each student. But we’re not tutors in a traditional sense. We’re a new breed of professional: a hybrid educator, mentor, coach and advocate, dedicated entirely to your child’s success in school. Families and schools gain a trusted ally, someone kids and parents can trust and respect.
We help learners introspect to really think about and connect with their strengths, values and interests. They start to understand and step into their best selves, normalizing healthier and more productive patterns.
Getting support is empowering. Contrary to how most students think, it doesn’t mean that they’re lacking or less smart than their peers; it’s a sign that they’re committed to getting ahead, to improving performance and overall well-being.
Getting quality support to conquer school means kids get to enjoy their student experience more while working and stressing less.
Students co-construct their very own learning and achievement plan for thriving in school holistically, with short and long-term goals that excite them. The wins they get from planning those goals and the process of achieving them is motivating and empowering.