Tutoring At-Risk Students to Help Them Get Back on Track

Tutoring can keep at-risk students in school and on track academically.

Everyone agrees that education is important. Even the most disillusioned youth will admit somewhere deep down that dropping out of school is, in regards to their future, a bad thing. However, it can be incredibly difficult for youth when there are extra-curricula, and sometimes unavoidable, factors inhibiting their studying.

In the modern educational environment, students who are in danger of falling out of the school system are known as ‘at-risk students’. But what exactly does this mean and what help is available? Individually tutoring at risk-students is widely accepted as an efficient way of ensuring those disadvantaged students don’t fall behind.

When is a Student At-Risk?

Being ‘at-risk’ is when, due to a wide range of potential factors, a student is deemed likely to drop-out of school.

According to education experts, there are several factors which might indicate a particular student is at-risk:

  • Having a disability (or more than one)
  • Being held back a year
  • Speaking English poorly
  • Living with only one or neither parent
  • Living at or below poverty
  • Having one or both parents who are unemployed

Of course, just because one of the above factors may be applicable to an individual does not mean that student is struggling at school. It simply means that the student may be facing challenges that other students are not.

One of the most accepted solutions is tutoring for at-risk students.

What Does Tutoring Entail?

Tutoring is usually one-on-one interaction between a tutor and student. Tutoring at-risk students in such a manner provides a level of engagement, interaction, and support that is just not available in the classroom.

Better quality educational experiences enable an increased level of learning and can help disadvantaged students bridge the gap to where they should be. It can help them get back on track.

Tutors are able to provide immediate feedback, point out and clarify errors, and thoroughly explain every area being studied. With a tutor, there is no hiding in a classroom and pretending you understand when in reality you do not. Tutoring at-risk students greatly improves their chances of not falling behind or out of the school system all together.

Such one-on-one attention gives the student a huge amount of confidence. It not only increase the child’s understanding but also gives them the confidence in their own learning ability. At-risk students who have been tutored achieve at a faster rate, thereby increasing their chances of academic success and bridging any learning gap that has already developed.

Does it work?

Fager (1996) lists a number of outcomes attributed to tutoring programs in general such as encouraging community relationships, improving self-esteem, building confidence, and increasing achievement. It is clear that tutoring at-risk students will greatly increase their chances of overcoming their disadvantages. Learn more about our tutoring services for at-risk students here.