The Power of Tutoring: Raising Up Learners in Disadvantaged Communities

Upside volunteer busy with tutoring a Grade 8 learner


Tutoring is a powerful tool that can help raise up learners in disadvantaged communities. Students who come from economically challenged backgrounds often lack access to the resources and support they need to succeed academically. Tutoring can bridge this gap by providing personalized, one-on-one instruction that addresses each student’s unique learning needs.

Tailored Teaching

One of the key benefits of tutoring is the ability to tailor instruction to the individual learner. In a traditional classroom setting, teachers are often limited in providing personalised attention to each student. However, each session can be customised with tutoring to meet the student’s specific needs. This can be especially beneficial for students who struggle with certain subjects or concepts, as tutors can work with them to develop a deeper understanding and mastery of these areas.

Tutoring Improves Grades

A significant body of evidence says quality tutoring can have a profound and positive impact on the academic achievement of disadvantaged students. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, students who receive tutoring are more likely to see increases in their grades, test scores, and overall academic performance.

Some of the benefits of tutoring include:

– One-on-one attention from a tutor who is focused on helping the student succeed

– A customised learning experience that is tailored to the student’s individual needs

– The opportunity to get immediate feedback and guidance on assignments

Improved Grades Encourages Success

Tutoring can also provide students with additional motivation and encouragement to succeed. In many disadvantaged communities, students may not have a strong support system at home or in their communities. Tutors can serve as positive role models and sources of inspiration, helping students to see the value of education and the possibilities and if they work hard and stay committed to their goals.

Tutoring Builds Positive Relationships

Another important benefit of tutoring is building relationships between learners and their tutors. Students from disadvantaged backgrounds may not have as many positive adult relationships in their lives. Tutoring can provide a safe and supportive space for students to connect with caring adults who can help guide them towards success.

Overall, tutoring can be a powerful way to raise up learners in disadvantaged communities. By providing personalized instruction, motivation, and support, tutors can help students overcome barriers and achieve their full potential. As more resources are devoted to tutoring programs in underserved areas, we can create a brighter future for all young people, regardless of their background or circumstances.

ONside Programme

UPside Community Services recently launched its ONside tutoring programme. The initial focus during this pilot phase was on Grade 8 Mathematics. Tutors were available to guide these learners through their challenges by answering questions and providing support while doing actual exercises. Learners were so keen they hardly stopped to snack during the two hour session.

UPside will continue with its tutoring programme during the year. Check the website and our social media platforms to learn more and follow our YouTube Channel for online learner support content. Please sign up here if you are interested.

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