When students begin to struggle (or continue to struggle) in school, often our first line of thinking is, “Tutoring!” While tutoring can be very beneficial, and is often the best choice, there are some alternatives worth looking into instead of traditional tutoring, or in addition to it!
Here they are:
- Khan Academy
- Peer Tutoring
- After School Clubs & Activities
- Public Library Resources
Now let’s look into each alternative and how they can help students.
Youtube has videos on pretty much any subject you can think of, and then some! Teachers post videos and lessons and some will even proivde you with feedback! Youtube can be accessed at any time and is free, which are both great bonuses. You may have to look through a lot of videos to find the right subject and a teacher/presenter that you and your child like, but with so many options, you’ll find a great fit!
Khan Academy was started with the founder who began tutoring his cousin. Now it offers exercises, instructional videos and personlized learning in subjects from kindergarten through early college. The content is developed by experts in their fields. They also partner with organizations like NASA, The California Academy of Sciences and the Museum of Modern Art to offer specialized content. Like Youtube, Khan Academy is free and can be accessed online at any time. Khan Academy is education focused and wants everyone to have access to a free and excellent education.
Although technically a type of tutoring, peer tutoring can be a helpful alternative to traditional tutoring. In a peer tutoring setting, students are tutored by other students their age, or perhaps a little older. This can be a great way to help kids feel more relaxed and comfortable (especially those who may feel nervous around adults). Students may also have different ways of explaining principles and theories that make more sense or are more relatable to other students. Schools often have peer tutoring programs. It’s worth reaching out to your school/school district to see if there are options near you.
After School Clubs & Activities
Many schools (in all different grade levels) offer after school clubs and activities. While many of these are physical or “just for fun,” there are usually some that are academically focused, or have an academic component. Some after school programs have homework time in their schedule. Other programs that may help students who are struggling in academic subjects include: robotics, computer coding, STEM, book clubs, drama clubs, debate clubs, gardening, cooking, language clubes, etc.
Public Library Resources
Many public library offer after school programs as well. Their programs are usually free. They often include a homework help time along with fun activities, like video games, STEM, video editing, etc. Public libraries may also offer free one-on-one tutoring and test prep courses. Check in with your local library to see what they have to offer!
5 Alternatives to Traditional Tutoring
What do you think of these ideas to traditional tutoring? We hope they are helpful to you and your child!