Research has shown that early intervention offers the best chance of success.
Who can benefit from individual tutoring?
Anyone who consistently struggles with pre-reading, reading, spelling, or writing skills.
Specialized individual tutoring in reading may be appropriate for individuals with:
- Processing disorders
- Perceptual difficulties
- Language delays
- Asperger's Syndrome
Areas of focus may include:
- Phonological awareness
- Decoding skills
- Vocabulary development
- Writing skills
- Thinking/problem solving strategies
- College prep reading
- Adult literacy
Effective tutoring should be:
- Intensive - At least once, or possibly twice a week
- Consistent - Student needs to attend sessions on a regular basis.
- Explicit - Reading, spelling, and writing skills should be directly taught, clearly explained, and modeled by the tutor.
- Systematic - Skills/concepts should be presented in a logical sequence, from basic to increasingly complex.
- Cumulative - Each new skill/concept that is taught should logically build upon previously taught material. Frequent reinforcement and review should be built in to aid memory and retrieval.
- Structured - Specific step-by-step procedures should be used to introduce, review, and practice skills/concepts.
- Multi-sensory - Combines listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities; involves movement and "hands-on" learning.
- Evaluative - Ongoing assessment of learning should be built in.
(Partially from International Dyslexia Association)