Do you rely on private tutors for your son or daughter's subject mastery?
While many students rely on private tutors to help boost their grades, private tutors do not fill the foundational skill gaps that will continue to hamper students’ academic progress in primary and secondary school. This will ultimately leave them dependent upon extra instruction. These gaps, if left unaddressed, will negatively impact students’ post-high school academic and professional careers.
Even with adequate GPAs, students with significant skill gaps are in danger of scoring poorly on the SAT/ACT, limiting their school choices and scholarship eligibility.
In addition, students with significant skill gaps who are accepted to colleges are often required to take remedial, or No Credit, courses. These full-semester courses do not count toward the student’s GPA, nor do the courses’ credits count toward graduation requirements. Yet all the while, families are required to pay for the courses as if they did.
“I wonder how many parents know how many students wind up going to college and then taking remedial courses? At some of the county colleges, it’s up 85 or 90 percent. Four-year schools, about 50 percent of students must take remedial classes in reading and math before they can take classes for credit” (1). — Lucille Davy, former NJ Commissioner of Education
Because of this, skill gaps will continue to plague students for their entire educational career and throughout their professional career.
A recent article in Education Week reported that the College Board released scores of the class of 2012 and reported that 43% of test takers achieved the SAT College & Career Readiness Benchmark.
This benchmark is used to indicate the skill level readiness of freshman entering four year colleges. While indicating a slightly lower level of preparedness than Ms. Davy’s analysis, it is in line with an alarming trend in high school student’s skills.
A learning center with proven foundational curriculum designed to fill skill gaps may be a better choice for students looking to solidify skills at grade level or even advance in school.
Filling skill gaps allows students to continue learning at grade level without constant tutoring. Effective learning centers assess a student’s academic skills and develop a learning plan tailored to the specific needs of that student. They teach, reinforce, and provide practice for the specific skills in which the student is weak.
Filling skill gaps fosters independence. Effective learning centers work closely with a child’s parents and teachers to ensure open communication regarding the student’s needs and progress. This collaborative effort allows a student to overcome all skills gaps so that s/he may function autonomously both in and out of the classroom.
Learning centers are more cost-effective over time. As previously mentioned, many students are reaching college with significant basic skills gaps. There is a real cost of time and money for students who are required to take remedial courses to bring their basic skills to the collegial level. Subpar grades and SAT/ACT scores limit a student’s opportunity to attend the best school for the chosen career. This can affect the student in several ways:
- First, students may not get accepted to the best school for them, thereby impacting their GPAs and length of time needed to graduate. A lack of basic skills could require students to take the aforementioned remedial courses or retake the courses they did not initially pass.
- Second, getting the best education at the best possible school will make a significant difference in the stability and earning power of the student.
- Third, students who do not achieve their fullest potential because of subpar grades or SAT/ACT scores leave valuable scholarship money unattained.
It's clear: Learning Centers have several advantages. Many students thrive in a learning center environment where home or class room distractions are removed and the student’s only focus is to improve skills. The multitude of curriculum that is provided by the learning center allows students to work on all of the missing skill gaps. Plus, pinpointing skills gaps and targeting only those skills provides rapid progress.
Combined with individualized learning plans and monthly meeting with parents, the right learning center can ensure that family goals and objectives are being met.
But don't just take our word for it; contact one of our education specialists and arrange a meeting. See for yourself how Silver Oak can make a difference in your son or daughter's future.