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What is a Tutor?

If you have ever had a child who is doing badly in school then you know how heart breaking and stressful it can be. One of the best ways to get your child to do better is to find a good tutor. These are people who will help teach your child the information they need to know.

Most tutors in South Carolina will work with your child in a one on one environment. This is better than a classroom because it means the teacher is only focused on the learning and development of one student. This helps the student absorb more information about their subjects.

There are two basic kinds of tutors. The first kind or tutor is home tutors. These people will usually come to your home and bring what they need to teach your child with them. This is great if you can’t leave your house or need to go out. Some of these tutors will help “baby-sit” your child and tutor them at the same time. This is a great service for parents who need to leave the home.

The more common tutor is those you must go out to see. The nice thing about this is the tutor usually will have more supplies at their work and will be able to give your child more help.

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Many students and parents are having confusion about what exactly a tutor is.

The diictionary definitions of tutor and teacher are:


1. A private instructor.

2. One that gives additional, special, or remedial instruction.

Let's contrast this definition with a definition of a teacher:


a person who teaches or instructs, esp. as a profession; instructor.

The main difference between a tutor and a teacher is that a teacher generally introduces new material and the tutor doesn't. A tutor primarily relies on material already introduced by a teacher at one point in time. The tutor can go back to materials from previous years and fill in prior achievement gaps as well.

Many students and parents are also wondering why they need a tutor. There are many reasons why students rely on a tutor. It is a myth that only failing students required tutoring services. Often students at the top of their class prefer working with tutors. A student is not bound to understand every minor detail presented in class and often a teacher does not have the time to reteach every single concept that a student miscomprehended in class. Sadly sometimes teachers do not have the proper experience to competently introduce new material in the classroom nor at a one-on-one session. In some school districts, teachers are not allowed to tutor their students because the administration believes that it may create an unfair advantage. Many students also have achievement gaps from previous years that are holding them back. Different students also learn best through different learning methods. It is impossible for a teacher to be able to approach all of these learning methods. However, a professional tutor can help address all of these issues in a one-on-one setting.

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