The first day of middle school can be an anxious time.

Knowing your way around the hallways, handling the new schedule, and carrying around a backpack that weighs a ton...

Classroom announcements that don't make sense, difficult tests, and disappointing grades… Generations change but patterns of failure remain the same for students with difficulties.

Kids start succeeding in a subject but soon abandon it as soon as the subject gets harder and knocks down their student ego. Pretty soon they don't even want to open another pencil case.

On the other hand, some people's experience as former students, their knowledge of the curriculum in certain subjects, and their great pedagogy makes them special in-home private tutors.

So how does one give lessons to a middle schooler?

Let's discover the reasons that push a middle schooler to request an in-home tutor instead of failing altogether, and see how a tutor can help.

So prepare your chalks, your notebooks, and your rulers: I am bringing you on a pedagogical journey into the core of private tutoring.

Here is how to become a tutor online.

Middle School: A Crucial Part of an Adolescent's Academic Career

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Middle School is a pivotal period in a student's career. Tutoring can help a student tremendously.

Considered the weakest link in the American academic system, middle school is a stressful time for parents who see the arrival of their student's quarterly report card as a family crisis.

This is even moreso the case if his track record was not great to begin with (which is happening more and more frequently unfortunately) and the student did not get private tutoring in elementary school!

Three years of middle school may seem never ending at times, especially as they occur during a time of intense growth in a student's life and a time where students face many teenage problems.

While homework accumulates in their planners, so do the formulas and theories in their textbook. They are often  incomprehensible to them, but their teacher--busy with a class of 30 kids--doesn't realize who is falling behind.

You know this if you have lived it yourself or witnessed your children going through it: the academic program from 6th to 8th grade is composed of essential lessons in the education of adolescents.

Understanding fractions in math class, perfecting essay writing in English class, or learning a foreign language are all regrettable necessities that a student cannot derogate from!

These are all things the private in-home tutor must prepare the adolescent for so that a certain structure can start to apply itself to the young adult's academic journey.

The majority of the subject matters encountered in middle school are all building blocks the tutor and student will have to use in order to successfully face the journey to high school and adult life.

By proposing academic support with studying as well as helping to solve problems and understand those different lessons the child has not understood, the in-home private tutor gives the student keys to scholastic success.

Think of all the elements that can determine the student's environment to shape him or her in this crucial period of his academic career.

Don't wait till middle school!  Find out how in-home tutoring can benefit elementary students...

Educational Support to Help Students to Learn a Foreign Language

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Take a plunge into a new language with Spanish or French textbooks!

Qué voy a hacer, I don't know. Qué voy a hacer, I don't know anymore…

Bilingual or trilingual native speakers like Manu Chao, or certain private tutors, are hard to find! Unfortunately, for a number of students, learning a foreign language happens within the confusion of school.

Though language classes are on the rise in American school, this still doesn't mean that the program is adequate for budding language learners. There are a lot of issues with U.S. language classes, and a lot of issues with U.S. language teachers.

There have been numerous studies to prove that learning a language in the national school system is difficult, if not impossible.

Knowing what "Pablo esta en la cocina" means is one thing. Knowing how to carry on a conversation from start to finish in a foreign language like French, German, or Spanish... is another, verdad?

There are a number of elements why Americans have trouble learning foreign languages:

  • National linguistic confinement: they are always watching dubbed foreign films, and so they never get a taste of the foreign language. This means that they never hear the sounds of either French, Spanish, or German  (bravo to all those people who watched La vie en rose or Les visiteurs in French!).
  • Geographical circumstances: the US is very far from Europe and Asia. For this reason, most people do not have the chance to travel to either of these continents.
  • Fear of failure: kids are worried they will sound stupid with their classmates, and often prefer mocking the language than doing a good job.

To try and solve this, one can always send the child to a foreign country where they will be fully immersed in the language. However, this expensive solution can mean a mental block for the kid if he or she feels far from his or her family.

On the other hand, there is no risk in offering your child a whole new perspective on the world and language skills that he or she will be able to use in university and beyond. And a change of scenery can do some children good!

This second option, which seems more legitimate in the eyes of many parents, must be recommended by the parents. It is less pricy and works around the student's schedule. The student will be able to quickly progress thanks to homework help.

Within the family cocoon, the student will be able to enrich his or her vocabulary, improve his or her grammar, work on his or her oral skills and prononciation thanks to your linguistic competence and teaching skills.

Whether you are self-taught or a professional, you can propose your language skills and start tutoring through the Superprof platform!

Educational Support to Help the Student Deal with the Increasing Level of Core Subjects

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Core subjects become more difficult from the 6th grade on, but the 8th grade seems to be the most difficult to overcome for middle schoolers who talk about their academic difficulties on academic chatrooms.

The English and Mathematics programs, among others, seem to be the most complicated and the student often loses track of the curriculum in these two crucial classes.

It's around 8th grade, when high school is fast approaching, that the private tutoring solution becomes an option for students who have had trouble adapting to the pace coming their way.

You are the shield that will protect the student from the low blows of irregular verbs, relative numbers, and delicate conjugations that cramp the student's style and make his or her notebook stay blank.

The new subjects of physics, chemistry, and history force the student into difficulty and affect his or her concentration.

The tutor's role is to guide the student into adequate reasoning and comprehension of the subject matter.

With this kind of intervention, the student may avoid getting held back, which is a waste of time and very hard on him or her.

You may offer your support all the way through high school and beyond...

Academic Support for the Scientific Subject Matters

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A little in-home tutoring can go a long way for science class.

Scientific subjects can be the source of numerous migraines. However, they contribute to the evolution of the field of science and engineerings.

They require a logic that can prove to be more and more confusing as you get on with your learning.

It's problematic not to understand an exercise while you're facing an exam on your own, and can be embarrassing when your grade is as low as winter temperatures in New England. You might feel humiliated when your teacher points you out in front of the whole class (this brings back bad memories to some, me included...)

The student expects the in-home tutor to share his or her learning techniques, pass on the needed discipline to learn the lesson, explain the reasoning of the scientific subject at hand. The student expects the tutor to share his or her learning techniques.

Whether you'd like to understand optics or mechanics, whether you are passionate about gravity or that the periodic table of the elements; this job is for you.

Advice: think of giving the student and his or her parents a little break if the student plans on taking many hours of tutoring, has extreme academic difficulties, or has a difficult financial situation at home. After all, you are transmitting universal knowledge to this student!

Now check out this complete guide to tutoring at every level...

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