When is the best time to start
The earlier the better
The Olde Tyme Tutors motto, ďItís easier to get ahead than
to catch up!" applies to all
subjects and students at any level.
Isnít tutoring just homework
help? Why canít I get an older sibling
or relative to help?
Good tutoring is quite different from homework help.
Tutoring involves retrainingóchanging bad habits, learning to tune out
distractions; as well as teaching study techniques so students can eventually prosper on
their own. Our
tutors teach accountability without fear of failure, so that each and every student
can take pride in their accomplishments, achievements and academic abilitiesódemanding
top performance, while at the same time reducing anxiety. Students can
benefit from instruction by an older sibling or relative; but additional work with a tutor
will make these help sessions more effective and more comfortable.
Why do I need to bring my student to
tutoring? They are already going to
The goal of Olde Tyme Tutors is to be a true partner to the schools. Tutors are free to develop a studentís natural curiosity by
selecting material and examples that are of particular interest and at an appropriate
level of difficulty. Tutors can then
show students how to study effectively and advance at their own pace. Once this is accomplished, a tutor can motivate
a student to work hard and close the gap between their current level of
understanding and what they need to accomplish to succeed. This kind of approach makes a permanent
difference in a studentís academic life. Students who are prepared will
make good academic choices, look forward to
academic and personal success, and walk through the school doors with pride.
How much tutoring does my student
Tutoring times vary greatly.
Be sure to discuss your goals with the tutor
and with your student so the sessions can be directed toward realistic and
attainable objectives. Generally, the earlier a student begins, the fewer hours per week are
required to keep them on track. One hour
of tutoring can accomplish a lot, since it is an interactive experience. At a tutoring session, students ask questions,
discuss the material, and get immediate feedback. This is often difficult in a classroom setting,
particularly if a student is behind.
My student resists the idea of
tutoring, saying it is for students who are not ďsmartĒ
Some of the most successful students come in for tutoring. All
students, no matter what their skill level, eventually come across some
material that they have difficulty with.
Students who are confident usually ask for help right away, and then go back to
class with the answers. These are often
the students that seem ďsmartestĒ in class.
You would be surprised at the excellent students who use tutoring
services. (We always keep names confidential).
What do I do if my student says she
doesnít want to come?
Ask them to try tutoring for just a couple of sessions. Students usually enjoy coming to tutoring
after they get to know their tutor. If
there is continued resistance, contact the office, and we can make adjustments. Students make a positive choice to come to
tutoring, and they should look forward to meeting with their tutor.
How effective is tutoring?
At Olde Tyme Tutors, we have a history of success. The director monitors each session,
provide training to all our tutors in effective teaching techniques. Open
communication with parents, administration, students
and tutors ensures that goals are being met. Tutors listen to the student's problems and develop
individualized learning solutions that students can use when they return to
the classroom. Students enjoy working with instructors that understand their
academic problems, and who have successfully
overcome these same problems. Through one little success at a time students
are introduced to the joy of academic accomplishment. Students learn that work does not always have
to be hard; it can be fulfilling and rewarding.
What if my student is seriously behind?
It is critical that a student get help as soon as
possible. Disappointed and discouraged
students tend to avoid studying, and the problem just gets worse. Too often ,students are caught in a cycle of
failing because they fear to fail and then they just stop trying. Tutoring can
help a student with test taking techniques and study skills that will extend to
other subjects as well.
One of the best ways to catch up is to come in for summer
tutoring. Tutors can make the experience
enjoyable by picking out material in the studentís area of interest. One or two hours a week during the summer can
make a huge difference in a studentís academic life. A summer tutor often makes the difference
between a student who looks forward to going back to school and one who hates
the thought of returning to the classroom in the fall.
I have no idea about my studentís academic level. How can I be sure that they need tutoring,
and that the tutor knows what to work on?
At earlier grades, tutors can often interview the student and parent and
determine a skill level. Above fifth
grade level, if the student doesnít come in with specific school assessments, we can
administer a test indexed to Arkansas state standards which comes with very specific tutoring
instructions. Our tutoring does not
add to the students course load. We determine a
studentís academic level, and the skills they need to learn to progress. We
use curriculum based on the student's classroom material and
interest. This is the most efficient way
of bringing the student up to state standards, while
helping them learn the material being taught at school. Students who are unable to focus in the
can often learn how to be successful by
discussing their difficulties with a tutor.
Do you provide help for standardized
Yes, Olde Tyme Tutors has excellent instruction in test
taking anxiety as well as for the GED, ACT, the GRE, the military qualification
tests, and others. This is private
tutoring, and is very efficient, but students who sign up for tutoring in one
or more tests should expect to devote at
least two times as much to private study in-between sessions as they do to tutoring.
How do I sign up, and how will I be
Students can sign up by calling the office or by clicking
the sign up button. This is not a contractual commitment, just a request for
information. Once the office receives
you request, a tentative tutoring appointment will be set up and the office
will call you to confirm your appointment.
Payment is billed in advance for the first two tutoring sessions. After
that, students will be billed every two weeks.
Tutoring cannot be billed for less than 1 hour, and can be billed in
half hour increments after that. If you
are not sure how much time you need, you can set up an appointment for an hour,
and if you stay longer, the tutor will turn in a report for that amount of
time. You will only be billed for the
time you use.
What if I need more information?
Feel free to call the office and talk with someone about any
concerns, questions, or suggestions you may have. Thank you for thinking of us.