Issues with Student Tutors

Discussion in 'High School' started by Mrs. A, Aug 26, 2015.

  1. Mrs. A

    Mrs. A New Member

    Aug 26, 2015
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    Aug 26, 2015

    I have had this happen to me twice now. Tutors asking me for information on my students (weaknesses/strengths, etc.) and asking me to provide information on quizzes, tests, lesson plans and more.

    This time the parent intervened and told me I should give them everything they need - go ahead and talk about my son to him...

    My thought - lesson plans are my own and not shared with a person with a PhD who tutors to make an extra $100/hr. It is the tutor's job to assess the student for strengths and weaknesses. The tutor who is paid a professional rate should know the curriculum and how to teach.

    I understand that parents are desperate to help their child but in my opinion these big tutoring outfits rip people off. They hire well educated people who are not teachers but have impressive resumes and assume they can teach.

    I have tutored for years and NEVER asked the teacher for information of any kind! I know what I am doing.

  3. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

    Sep 30, 2001
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    Aug 26, 2015

    I wouldn't give lesson plans or your own created materials..but I think you could help your student by sharing information about his/her strengths and struggles, as well as some information regarding upcoming units that could be reinforced by the tutor. I would keep it professional and brief while keeping in mind that the tutor and student's family have the student's success in mind, as you do.
  4. a2z

    a2z Virtuoso

    Sep 16, 2010
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    Aug 26, 2015

    Parents hire tutors in HS for different reasons. Some do so to fill deficit areas such as problems with previous math skills, reading comprehension, or writing skills. Most do so to help the student learn the content and connections in the subject matter of the current class. A tutor knowing your impression of the student's strength/weaknesses is important. The tutor gains information about how you see the student in a group environment compared to what the tutor can see in an individualized setting.

    Some students need pre-learning tutoring which helps the student when you are teaching subject matter and content. Knowing what is coming up and what you deem important in a subject is crucial in tutoring a student so that all tutoring doesn't end up being too late for the student to benefit from the session. Working with a student the day after a test does little to help the student on the material for which he was just tested.

    I wouldn't hand over lesson plans, but information regarding what is coming up and what you deem important in the subject should be shared along with your assessment of the student's strength/weaknesses.

    You have a parent willing to pay big bucks to help their child be more successful in your class and instead of spending a little time to make sure the tutor is working off of YOUR plan to support the student and also benefit you in the long run. I'm not sure why there isn't a happy dance going on because the parent cares enough about their child's education to make sure the tutor isn't just doing random things that won't help much.
  5. 2ndTimeAround

    2ndTimeAround Phenom

    Aug 10, 2010
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    Sep 5, 2015

    I can kind of see your point. It is a little insulting for someone to have the assumption that you will make their big-buck-paying job easier by doing a lot of the work for them.

    To my knowledge very few of my students have had tutors. There has only been one time that I have a negative interaction with one and as soon as she was put in her place everything was fine.

    I would not be handing over my lesson plans but I would tell the tutor what material we were covering and what was coming up next. I would share my preference on what they did during tutoring. I would advise the tutor to get a progress report from mom. And then I'd say, since you get so much more one-on-one time with the child, why don't YOU tell me what you think his strengths and weaknesses are.
  6. mrachelle87

    mrachelle87 Fanatic

    Aug 30, 2006
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    Sep 5, 2015

    I tutor early childhood. I make contact with the teacher. I only tutor students in my district and only after I talk to the teacher to make sure they are comfortable with me tutoring the student. I try to assist the teacher, but not to make extra work for the teacher. I had a parent that hired a tutor a few years ago and sent me a letter telling me that student X would be going to tutoring on Tuesday and Thursday and I needed to send assignments for them. I quickly stated no. I offered the tutor the same homework and information I offered my other parents and no more. For the kids that I tutor, I ask for the papers already completed in class so I can review them. I instruct the student (1st and 2nd graders) that it is their job to place them in our folder that they keep in their backpack. Some teachers keep them and send to me, but I don't ask them to. I also ask for results of assessment. I usually give my principal a heads up on my tutoring students and schedule. I am not required, but I find it helps build goodwill.

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