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wouldnt it be easier to tutor a kid if you just went through the classes they are now?

User in Caldwell, ID
June 18, 2018
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Frances in Bronx, NY
July 13, 2018

It would but there are always was around it, like sites and books.

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It might give you some ideas for where they are at, but most kids need tutoring because the class way isn't working.

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Jean in Houston, TX
June 26, 2018

Yes, it would be easier since the material are fresh on your mind.

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Nellie in Zebulon, NC
June 18, 2018

I only need a math and Reading Tutor for the summer for my 10 yr. old grandson. Is there anyone interested in tutoring just for the summer?

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A tutor's job is to understand the curriculum beforehand so that they can set up a lesson plan for the child each session.

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That may be the case for some tutors, but as a current educator, I find it incredibly feasible to tutor multiple subject areas to a variety of learners.

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Depends. While the information would be fresh in your head if you had just completed the classes, experience with the subject can overrule this. An experienced tutor will be super familiar with the material because they've gone over it so many times. They will also recognize the common mistakes students will make and the concepts that they will most likely struggle with.

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I think I understand your question. I think you mean that the tutor should use the curriculum that the school is using. In general I think this is correct, but I don't think it is bad for a tutor to use additional curriculum as well. If the tutor is not interested in what curriculum they are using at school then this is a problem.

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I'm not sure I understand your question. Are you saying, would tutoring a student in a course you've previously taken make you better at tutoring them? That's possible, but teaching skills are also important.

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Sandra in Briggs, TX
Oct. 31, 2017

That would be very time-consuming and unnecessary. I wouldn't do that unless the parents paid me for my time in class as well as tutoring. Usually, you cn use the text and the syllabus and assignment instructions to figure out what the teacher wants.

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User in Spring, TX
Sept. 27, 2017

That depends on the individual who is doing the tutoring. I gained a stronger understanding of materials I learned in previous grades as I advanced my education and applied the again and again. Strong understanding is the first step to being able to teach effectively.

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User in New York, NY
Sept. 21, 2017

It can be, definitely! Sometimes a person who has recently taught that class might be helpful if you need a higher level of expertise, but a student tutor can be just the ticket if you need a bit of help with homework and guidance in a class.

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John in Pottstown, PA
Sept. 16, 2017

I would have to say probably not.Today thers are so many things to consider.

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Not necessarily! As a student progresses in certain distinctions they are required to use, practice and master skills that were learned early on in order to succeed in their harder classes. So I would say finding someone who is taking classes beyond what they are tutoring can absolutely be an advantage.

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Yes and no. If you are a type of person who have problems remembering classes you took a few years ago then yes I suggest tutoring a class that you just took so it is fresh in your mind. But if you are still pretty good on a subject that you took a while back then you should be fine. like I am currently in college but I still remember most of what I learned in high school so I feel comfortable tutoring those subjects.

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Are you looking for a tutor just 1 year older than your child, then? Professional tutors should know all subjects well, even if they originally learned it 10 years ago. That is why they are tutors. They should have other students, who usually range from different age and grades to skill levels. Imagine your child being 14. Are you comfortable with a 15 year old being the tutor? The kid just went through the class last year. How are you sure he knows and remembers the subject well enough? Is the kid professionally trained to teach? Kimberly www.KimberlyTruong.com https://www.care.com/p/kimberl...

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It would be easy. However, a student should be able to tackle subjects on their own. A tutor is their to provide an intervention in the learning process. The student shouldn't have to rely on the tutor the entire time.

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As a tutor, I always take the time to read the student's homework assignments, textbook, and reading materials. However, I have already gone through the courses they are now studying (and often at a much higher level). It's enough to review the materials and understand what level the student is at, then I can specifically tailor a lesson or assignment to their needs.

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If you're asking whether or not it would be easier to take the class at the same general time as the child, it really depends on the subject and your tutoring style. If you haven't taken that class, I wouldn't recommend it, as you may have difficulties in that class with the teacher's style. If it's a class you have already taken, it may be a good idea ONLY to see how things may have changed since you last took the class.

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User in New York, NY
Sept. 4, 2016

Yes, absolutely! Many tutors have been through those classes, or taught them!

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User in Haughton, LA
Aug. 23, 2016

It is easy to find sources to prepare yourself to tutor where you can keep up the skills needed by searching the web. I just mentioned Kahn Academy to someone. Also having school books available can help. As a homeschool mom and teacher I have many resources available with instructional provisions in all subjects and these can help to maintain skills and add knowledge/remind of past knowledge one has forgotten. They can also be used to supplement in actual tutoring and to re-teach a student a skill they are struggling with rather than just turning to the less personal web approaches.

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User in Orlando, FL
May 12, 2016

Sometimes, but you really have to think: did you understand everything in that particular subject enough to be able to explain it to others, did you actually get good grades, did it easily come to you, and are you comfortable enough to teach others on that subject, especially one that don't understand it! ~~~Gracie

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That is not necessary. If someone is qualified to teach certain material, then they could have learned it ten or even twenty years ago. In fact, if the material is relevant to their career (whether they are a teacher or in a related profession to the material), then they have the advantage of experience as well as a greater ability to teach.

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User in Bronx, NY
June 24, 2016

For some people yes. It just depends how much of the information is still fresh in the tutor's brain.

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User in Glendale, CA
Feb. 16, 2016

Many tutors have been teaching the same subjects for a while and even if the curriculum is slightly change going through the class with them is unnecessary.

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Tutoring is done for reinforcement, re-teaching, giving added example.

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User in Haughton, LA
July 14, 2016

It is definitely helpful to have as much information about the classes they are in right now. When I tutor a child I like to have the website connections and know the teacher's plans. I ask what the child has been doing and try to see the work returned home and how he/she has done on that specific skill. A good teacher will also know how to sort skills in evaluative ways in any subject and be skilled in hitting the nails on the head of the gaps that individual has. :)

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I don't think that is necessary, and Im not even sure the teacher would allow it. In either event, if the child that is being tutored has work they bring home, it can be on paper, on a computer (depending on the school), or they are bringing home their books on the subject. I usually speak with the child I am helping to find out what exactly their issues are. Sometimes you will find that it's not all about the subject. It may be that the child has attention issues, hearing issues, or is for some reason uncomfortable at school, with the class or even the teacher. Once you know what they really need (and I always feel if you have patience they will tell you), then you can concentrate on what their real problems are. If it is truly just the subject, I agree with others who have responded, and most subjects have not changed. The only thing I have noticed is that they may learn certain things earlier than I did (telling my age here). Math is especially one of them. Luckily I have gone back to school recently, so I remember things that time has allowed me to forget. Good luck with whatever endeavors you may have. I think working with children is very rewarding, and the more time you spend doing it, the easier it will be for you!! :)

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User in Tulsa, OK
Sept. 23, 2015

I love kids use class be so cute

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Lots of people would say yes, personally as a teenage tutor I find this to be true.

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