It is not uncommon for students to discover that they do not excel in every discipline, nor should you expect that they should. A student who has difficulty in math while bringing home A’s in Latin or other disciplines is not unusual. Nor does a lower grade in one discipline suggest that tutoring should be arranged. Tutoring is usually indicated where one or more factors are present:
- the student transfers to New Covenant with a defict in a particular subject;
- the student falls significantly behind due to circumstances beyond control, such as a death in the family or other difficulty;
- the student has poor study habits or an aversion to a discipline and fails to comprehend the material (this is different than resistance to completing work);
- the student does not comprehend the material in the classroom setting, even when reasonable steps have been applied by the teacher to help the child succeed.
In these cases, assuming that Homework Helper is not the appropriate course, tutoring may be recommended or approved. Two kinds of tutoring can be utilized:
Often New Covenant has any number of older students who are proficient in Latin, Greek, math or other subject, who for a very modest fee can offer peer tutoring. This is not professional instruction, but it is often successful in cases where student simply need to overcome gaps in their understanding. They often readily relate to their older peers, most of whom they know from around campus. The cost for this service is $10 per hour.
Teachers are often available to provide professional one-on-one instruction for a student who must be remediated in a particular subject area. The cost for this service is $35 per hour. Tutoring is usually a last consideration after other efforts have not produced the desired result.
New Covenant teachers are prohibited from recommending or arranging tutoring with a parent without the knowledge and consent of the Grammar or Middle School Principals, or the Academic Dean in the upper school. However, parents and teachers are encouraged to talk about the best ways to help a student, and are encouraged to work in close cooperation with their student’s instructors. Should tutoring appear an academic option, the principals or dean should be contacted immediately. Your child’s teacher will be happy to consult with administrators in such a case.