I have tutored for over six years now. In that time I have worked with students from 12 months old to adults in their seventies. In this time and with this experience I have learned many things. Now, mind you, some of these things may be a matter of opinion, but I believe they are important.
– No two students are the same
– Textbooks are generally for the birds, and best used as references
– When it comes to grammar explanations, textbooks generally leave students dumbfounded and confused
– The average student needs an English grammar lesson to be able to identify parts of speech in a foreign language
– Immersion is extremely important, as is an excellent foundation
Why are there these ‘holes’ ? Honestly, I don’t know for sure, but here’s my good guess: the general education system. I understand there are certain subjects that every student needs to learn, i.e. math, reading, etc. But the concept of a general education is beyond ridiculous. No one person is exactly like another. And what does a general education do? Take all the pressure off the parent and put that pressure on the teacher.
Oh don’t worry about teaching Timmy the alphabet, or phonetics, or even basic manners…..Mrs. Smith will do that for you. And for the parents of her other 29+ students. And we wonder why we have a problem.
Now, this wasn’t meant to be a rant. Truly, I wanted to mention some ‘holes’ I have noticed only to say, perhaps as a parent you can ask your student, ‘how are things going?, are you struggling with something, can I help?’