Private instruction has a totally different meaning for this millennial generation. Tutors are not just needed for the ACT or the SAT exam, but they are now needed to help keep your student on top of their busy schedules, while showing them how to be confident and stay focused. It is a much different world than it was 30 years ago. A typical high school student’s schedule looks like this: O period at 645 meaning the student is up by 530, followed by a full load of classes, ending school around 230 or 3, participating in sports, academic extra curricular activities, arriving home sometimes as late as 8 pm on a game night. This leaves very little time for homework, studying, let alone any fun. The expectations are higher than ever! The old achievement of attaining a 4.0 is now pitiful to the scholars who are averaging 4.5 GPA’s. When asking one of my high school students how they handled such a busy workload, while still keeping up with social media and friendships he replied, “Well I don’t think I could do it without my one-on-one tutoring sessions, because it keeps me focused when I need to get things done. It actually saves me time, because with my tutor we finish all of my homework in an hour, when by myself it would take me at least two hours. With his help I feel like the weight of the world is no longer on my shoulders.” He explained that having a tutor meant that some of that unbearable pressure was no longer weighing him down. He also mentioned that, “All of my friends who are in sports, ASB, and doing volunteer work at hospitals, have and need a tutor these days.”
After doing a little more research on the topic, I found that more than half of the students in a typical math class have a tutor. Especially when moving into math like Calculus. Even the very high achieving students find that they need to supplement what their calculus teachers are teaching in the classroom, with private tutoring. The amount of pressure that students are under today is massive. In calculus alone they are facing quadrilaterals, the pressure of using the exact and correct order of theorems and postulates, all that which, had to be memorized and applied with previous math knowledge. Having a Calculus Tutor, is like having A buoy to keep you afloat in the middle of an unforgiving ocean.