From our work with teenagers from local schools it has emerged that, more often than not, gaps in knowledge highlighted by a bad mark do not actually derive from a temporary difficulty, but rather from a lasting, unsuccessful learning process. By properly tutoring teenagers, they will be able to face their following school years with a sound base to work on with less effort. Our job does not just imply supervising them during their after-school work, but also methodically and carefully detecting where a specific gap in knowledge lies and then filling it, hence turning the students into the independent learners they can be.
We have created two different approaches:
- The typical after-school tutoring program, in which the teacher supervises/tutors the student throughout the school year, making sure that there are no gaps in knowledge, assisting them with their homework and helping them develop a proper learning method, when necessary.
- Tailor-made lessons, in case the student needs to work more in depth on a subject, which calls for a personalized, objective-oriented lesson planning and material preparation phase.
How do we know that this is what the students need? Simply because we have been shown by the students themselves. At first, kids do not show much enthusiasm or will to actively participate in the lesson, but when they realize that the work done together pays off in terms of better marks, increased self-confidence and a shaper and faster understanding of concepts, they come back looking for our support themselves. As a matter of fact, we have been following several enthusiastic young students for some years, now.
English, French, German, Grammar, History, Geography, Sciences.
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
_ Albert Einstein