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: 

  • Dyslexia
  • Processing disorders
  • Perceptual difficulties
  • Language delays
  • Asperger's Syndrome

Areas of focus may include:

  • Phonological awareness
  • Decoding skills
  • Vocabulary development
  • Comprehension                                             
  • Spelling
  • 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)

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