After-School Tutoring Programs: Choosing the One That’s Right for Your Student

The term “after-school tutoring program” likely conjures different definitions for different people. 

Some may think more childcare-focused with a little homework mixed in, while others picture one-on-one tutoring in a quiet library. 

But how do you know which is the right for your child/family? 

In this guide, we’ll review five common types of after-school tutoring programs and what each may entail so you can find the one that will work best for your schedule and your child’s learning goals.

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What Are After-School Tutoring Programs?

When parents think of after-school tutoring, they often think of a school gymnasium with a teacher or supervisor walking around answering any homework questions. 

And while an after-school tutoring program can look like that, there are also many other variations of programs to be aware of. 

The goal of after-school tutoring programs is specifically geared toward helping students meet academic needs or assist them with a certain subject matter or to help build strong academic practices.

Generally speaking, after-school tutoring programs connect students with individuals like teachers, excelling students, or subject matter experts in either a: 

  • One-to-one basis
  • Small group setting
  • In-person; or 
  • Online 

After-school tutoring programs usually take place right after the school day, but it’s not uncommon for them to take place on the weekends. 

Who Needs After-School Tutoring?

While after-school tutoring can benefit students who need additional assistance with classroom curriculum or test prep, it can also be of great value for those interested in learning about topics that aren’t as readily available in school — for example, coding or videography. 

Tutoring after school can also help to positively reinforce learned skills in the classroom, as well as promote:

  • Strong self-esteem
  • Critical thinking
  • Solid study habits and time management skills
  • And more

5 Types of After-School Tutoring Programs Typically Available

It’s important to remember that after-school programs can look different. For example, your children’s school may offer:

  • After school daycare with some type of enrichment
  • A program with different tutors each time (no consistency)
  • A place to bring homework where students can get help with particular assignments

There are several options of after-school tutoring programs available depending on your child’s needs, the offerings at their school, and the price you’re looking to pay.

Read on to learn about five common types of after-school tutoring programs and what each may entail to help you decide which type of tutoring may benefit your child. 

#1: Group Tutoring

Group tutoring refers to an after-school tutoring program where there is typically one tutor or teacher assigned to a group of students.

The tutor-to-student ratio will often depend on the subject matter, age, and location the after-school tutoring program is taking place. 

Common locations for group tutoring may include:

  • School classrooms
  • Libraries 
  • Coffee shops 
  • A student’s home 

It’s a good practice to try and understand your child’s learning style to see if group tutoring may be a useful, or distracting, format of after-school tutoring. 

#2: On-Campus/Peer Tutoring

Peer tutoring refers to students helping students — sometimes taking place in the classroom or on campus, but peer tutoring can also take place online.

This format of after-school tutoring provides a unique approach to learning that puts students together to practice or review concepts that have been taught. 

A few common peer tutoring pairings include:

  • An entire class, divided into groups of the same or varied ability levels
  • Older students tutoring younger students
  • Classmates at the same ability level taking turns as tutor and tutee
  • Same age students of differing ability levels with one acting as tutor

Peer-to-peer tutoring may be helpful for students of all ages and abilities. Different tools and strategies can be used to get the most out of these valuable sessions.

Repetition, review, and practice can be less intimidating or frustrating when it is being delivered by a peer rather than a tutor. 

#3: Tutoring Centers

Tutoring centers often offer both group and one-on-one tutoring sessions. 

Depending on the specific branch or location of the center, a student may be paired, and meet consistently, with a specific tutor, or may work with whoever is available that meets their needs for each session.

Tutoring centers often offer a wide variety of subject matter tutoring and specific test prep assistance as well. 

If you’re looking into a tutoring center as an option for an after-school tutoring program, be sure you’re aware of the type of tutoring your child will get to ensure it aligns with their unique academic needs. 

#4: Online Tutoring

With modern teleconference technology, virtual or online tutoring has become a highly effective alternative to tutoring in person. 

At Emergent Education, we utilize… 

  • Video calls
  • Online whiteboards; and
  • Document sharing 

… to go over assignments much in the same way we would in-person, but with the added convenience and cost benefits of meeting online.

That being said, there is no virtual substitute for the quality of connection that comes with meeting face-to-face. 

With that in mind, in-person tutoring is typically still preferred for:

  1. Younger students
  2. Students struggling with executive functions such as physical organization and focus; or 
  3. Students that just don’t do as well connecting online

#5: Private Tutoring

Emergent Education focuses primarily on private tutoring. 

During a student’s first session, we talk about:

  • Where you are
  • Where you want to be; and 
  • What it will take to get there.

From there, we’ll design a plan for learning, setting goals and timeline targets.

At each meeting, the student and tutor will begin by evaluating understanding, reviewing goals, and making adjustments as needed. 

Then we work on what you have prepared for our session, usually the most challenging problems or assignments that you could not complete alone.

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Choosing an After-School Tutoring Program Depends on Your Goals

With the different types of tutoring available, choosing the right one really depends on the specific goals of the student and their parents. 

For example:

  • Higher SAT/ACT scores
  • Help with Algebra
  • Assistance with essay writing
  • Stronger time management skills or executive functions 

Moreover, a group setting may work well for some students, while others may benefit from one-on-one private tutoring.

If your goals are to help your student develop study skills and become more self-sufficient, keep reading to learn more about Emergent Education’s approach to tutoring.

4 Distinctions That Set Emergent Education Apart From Other After-School Tutoring Programs

Signing your child up for an after-school tutoring program can require almost as much vetting as the school you choose to send them to. 

You want to make sure they’re given the tools to succeed and are in an environment that cultivates continued learning. 

At Emergent Education, students don’t just focus on content. Our ultimate goal is to teach the whole student, giving them tools and skills they can use inside and outside of the classroom. 

Keep reading to learn what sets Emergent Education apart and if our approach may benefit you and your child. 

#1: Personalized One-on-One Tutoring

Our personalized In-person tutoring is typically conducted in the student’s home. 

Our tutors live and work across the city of Portland, and when matching you with a tutor, we try to choose one that is already close by, making it easy for them to fit you into their schedule and/or commute. 

Ideally, nobody has to drive across town at rush hour, and you especially enjoy the convenience of meeting out of your own home.

In-person tutoring can also happen in a public space such as a library or cafe. If your home isn’t an ideal option (if you work long hours or have other children’s schedules to accommodate), we would choose a mutually convenient location.

We don’t maintain a physical tutoring office because frankly, offices are expensive. Plus, most of our students prefer meeting in-home, so we’ve ditched the office and passed those savings along to you.

Our goal is to partner with each student to give them the real-world and academic skills to learn how to study.

Our personalized approach fosters an environment where the tutor and student can get to know each other, allowing the tutor to help share tools and resources so the student can succeed on their own

#2: Study Routines

One of our main goals is to help students figure out their study routine.

Emergent Education prides itself on:

  • Helping students know how to carry a plan from school to home
  • Coming up with a format and structure that students can use to create an individualized study routine that works for them

This may involve checking the student’s school planner, checking tasks off in the planner, and scheduling future assignments and work sessions.

We accomplish this by having students:

  • Bring questions from the day
  • Plan out the week
  • Build consistency for the week
  • Review their week

By collaborating with the student — instead of hand-holding — we can help the student learn what to do to plan and implement a solid study routine independently. 

#3: Progress Measurement

Emergent Education focuses on the whole-child education approach, meaning we’re after sustained, incremental growth.

It’s essential to know what the student’s and parent’s goals are when it comes to after-school tutoring programs as well as the student’s overall academic goals. 

We can help you find the right strategy to suit your child’s learning needs and your goals for their education.

#4: Developing Self-Sufficiency and Academic Skills

The tutors at Emergent Education are committed to ensuring students are:
  • More focused on self-sufficiency and academic skills rather than just completing academic content
  • Getting more accomplished within the time allotted (compared to other programs)
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Choose Emergent Education in Portland to Help Meet Your Student’s Educational Needs

Emergent Education offers many different subject support services as well as college testing and admissions counseling.  If your child could use support in… 
  • Math subjects​
  • Science subjects​
  • English Literature & Writing​​​
  • World Language
  • The Humanities — History, Philosophy, or Social Studies​
  • Executive Functions
  • Summer Programs
  • Homeschool Support; or
  • Academic Coaching
…schedule a complimentary tutoring session to see how Emergent Education can help your child reach their goals. Emergent Education is a small team of experienced educators that value:
  • Developing a growth mindset
  • Individualized education for each student, and 
  • Monitoring progress and helping students learn from mistakes
Partner with your child to help them build strong academic esteem and learn more about Emergent Education’s tutoring programs. 

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