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4 Tips for Creating an After-School Tutoring Program for Elementary Students



Although elementary school students are early in their learning journey, waiting to see if early learning gaps level out can lead to greater hurdles in later grades. Identifying learning gaps in elementary school can be beneficial to students, enabling educators to address issues and get students on the path to successful learning outcomes. 

To get ahead of early learning gaps, a tutoring program can be a useful tool. A high-impact intervention program can help bridge learning gaps, setting students up for greater success in the future.  For elementary students, who may have a harder time focusing on virtual learning independently, an after-school tutoring program is a great way to offer students the extra support they need to attain positive learning outcomes. 

Here are four tips for creating an after-school tutoring program for elementary students:

1. Create a goal-driven plan.

Setting specific goals for your tutoring program helps to identify and attain successful learning outcomes. Through an online tutoring program, students have a one-to-one tutor through the platform, but it can also be beneficial to have an educator in the room to support students if they run into any barriers. These in-classroom educators are also able to monitor progress and help guide students toward meeting their goals.

2. Offer a welcoming and engaging environment.

Designating a specific space to your tutoring program can help students set their mindset to learning. A quiet environment with consistent Wi-Fi connection is critical for student engagement and focus. Ensuring students all have access to the necessary technology ensures each session runs smoothly and students receive effective instruction. 

3. Schedule consistent sessions.

A regular and consistent schedule of tutoring lessons is key to attain successful learning outcomes. Scheduling back-to-back lessons and pairing students with the same tutor when possible are both great options to help synthesize learning. Students are able to connect and better learn the content when they are consistently doubling back to review and practice skills.

4. Gather learning data and track the results.

When you begin with your program, preliminary learning data will help you identify learning gaps and determine which students need tutoring support. As your program develops, it's important to track student progress and test scores to ensure you're on track to reach important learning goals. A high-dosage, high-impact virtual tutoring program can help you attain significant learning gains. 

If you're considering implementing an after-school tutoring program, it's important to get a feel for the tutoring program before you commit to the investment. At FEV Tutor, we offer high-dosage, high-impact virtual tutoring programs that are customized to help each student reach their learning goals. 

Read more about creating an after-school tutoring program in the District Administration article: 5 ways to set up successful after-school tutoring for elementary school students