Archive for October, 2011

Study: Student Progress Can Be Tied To Teacher Education

An October 24, 2011 article titled “Study: Student Progress Can Be Tied To Teacher Education” reveals that students’ test scores can be related to the vigor of the training that their teachers received.  This makes sense: one would expect that more selective universities would produce more qualified and successful teachers, leading in turn to higher test scores for students. 

Just how important is the university from where your student’s teacher graduated?  Although research is in its infancy, it appears that the difference between the best and worst teacher training programs is equivalent to a 5 to 10 student difference in class size. 

In other words, a teacher from a top university can raise a student’s score by the same amount as reducing the class size by 5 to 10 students would raise the same scores!  This is significant. 

What does this mean for the future of education? More federal dollars will be allocated to continued research into what specifically it is about the top rated universities that keeps them producing more successful teachers.  If that can be nailed down, then teacher training programs everywhere can mimic the more successful programs.  

In the meantime, it might just be worth your time, when seeking a tutor for your student, to ask about that teacher’s education and experience!

 

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A Recent NY Times Article Calls Into Question the Exorbitant Rates Tutors Charge – and the Inequity of Using Such Services

 

A  recent NY Times  article titled “Push for A’s at Private Schools is Keeping Costly Tutors Busy” criticizes the stealth use of high-paid private tutors in New York.

The article considers the use of tutors by students attending Riverdale Country School.  One parent shelled out over $30,000.00 this year in tutoring costs, which very nearly equalled her student’s $38,000.00 tuition bill.  Why do these well-off parents pay between $150 and $750 an hour for tutors?

In a sentence, competition is fierce.  These parents intend to give their students any advantage they can.

Reading this NY Times article reminds me of my own experience.

When I was in high school my boyfriend’s family had loads of money compared to my own, and as a result they were able to pay for him to take an SAT course.  His score improved by over 100 points.  I remember feeling a little bit envious about the opportunity he had to improve his score and become a more competitive candidate for his top schools.

After graduating from college and becoming a tutor myself through a local tutoring agency, I saw even more clearly that middle and low income families can’t afford the exorbitant prices charged by most tutoring companies. I also saw how positively private tutoring can impact a student’s self-esteem.  Not only do students learn academics, but they also develop priceless mentoring relationships with their tutors.

I’ve come to believe that every student should have access to tutoring.  Therefore our rates are as reasonable as any you’ll find.  If your finances still do not allow you to pursue tutoring for your student, please do not hesitate to call anyway.   We may be able to put you in touch with someone who can offer low or no cost tutoring.

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