Frequently Asked Questions
What is a typical academic coaching session like?
There is no typical session! Each child requires a different approach. Typically, we prefer to first teach organization, then progress to time-management and study skills. Sessions may include completing planners, checking websites, organizing papers, reviewing assignment expectations, long-term planning, studying for a test using the student’s specific learning style, finding outside resources to further content comprehension, essay planning and preparation, essay writing, teacher communication.
Do tutors assign homework?
No, tutors do not assign homework. We provide weekly goals that apply to the students’ current homework and upcoming tests. Students may feel like they are spending more time working, but we are not giving additional content.
How often do tutors meet with students?
StudyWise Tutoring recommends twice a week tutoring in the beginning of our work with students. However, many of the students meet once a week and some meet more than twice a week. The number of hours a week depends on scheduling, finances, and level of need. However, the minimum required is once per week.
Do we tutor specific subjects?
StudyWise Tutoring mainly offers math and writing subject tutoring, with organization, time-management and study skills incorporated within the subjects. The goal is to teach students skills beyond just content so they become more independent, responsible, and confident, resulting in greater success.
Why is a 12-week commitment required for academic coaching and tutoring?
StudyWise tutors take the time to learn about each student in order to make a strong connection and working relationship. Academic coaching is very intricate due to various schools, teachers, ability levels, and learning challenges. Twelve weeks is a good amount of time to get to know the students’ needs and provide a solid foundation.
Do some students tutor beyond the initial 12 weeks?
Absolutely! Some students have been with StudyWise Tutoring for five years or more! After the initial 12 weeks, tutoring becomes a month-to-month commitment. Many students continue because they become comfortable with the routine of having outside support and do well with the accountability. Parents also report less stress at home with a third party involved. Past the initial 12 weeks, more specific lessons can be addressed and students have a higher chance of applying the skills they originally learned.
Where does coaching/tutoring take place?
Most coaching and tutoring takes place online. The owner, Amy Dishlip, has limited availability in her SW Portland/Beaverton office a few days a week.