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How Can Tutoring Assist A Student To Retain What He Or She Has Learned?


Unlike private tutoring, school can be a frustrating time for many young students for many reasons. A child can grasp something new in class and pass a test given out shortly afterwards. But will the pupil remember that information a month, a term, or a year later?

Learning some concepts such as mathematics, for example, can be based on other math concepts. As an example, a student can learn a simple math concept such as one plus one equals two then learn another math concept that’s originated from the first concept such as one plus two equals three. When a child moves on to more complex math concepts, the concept of one plus one equals two will never be forgotten.

However, what about other learning concepts such as historical events, geographical locations, grammar rules, and other concepts that are fairly independent including music and physical education?

The answer to that question is practice and review. Teachers in the public school system are not at liberty to follow their own curriculum, rather they must follow the curriculum guidelines of the Ministry of Education. Many times, teachers, especially new graduates, are inundated with these guidelines and believe that they are expected to teach everything. This has severe consequences because review and practice is put aside to teach new material.

With no guidelines to follow except to help the child to achieve, tutoring can help the child to not only learn, but to retain what the young boy or girl has learned by applying frequent review and getting his student to practice. Here are three benefits related to frequent review and practice when learning, and I’m sure there are several more:

Learning New Concepts Becomes Easier

While learning concepts are better retained, learning new concepts becomes easier. A student can draw on previously learned academic material to help formulate conclusions with new material.

Greater Academic Confidence

With pressure to constantly learn new material without the previous material being fully engrained in the student’s mind, the student remains unsure and may never fully understand the new material being taught. With sufficient review and practice, the student develops a greater confidence to take on and comprehend newly acquired academic material.

Student Learns More

Is there any purpose to learning if it’s only going to be forgotten? Learning ten bits of information and forgetting nine bits of information equals learning only one bit of information. Similar to building a house, if you build too quickly then you risk having to take the whole house down and start over.

John H Chartrand is founder of Ottawa Tutors, a tutoring company in Ottawa, Ontario. As a 15 year Certified Teacher, John has a vast knowledge in education. His website contains many articles on education and tutoring young children. Visit: Ottawatutors.org