How will the tutoring benefit children?
The tutoring service is intended to supplement (not substitute) classroom learning. It will considerably improve the knowledge level (in math/reading) of any participating student. An average learner will be elevated to an excellent level, a below average learner will be brought up to an average level, and an excellent learner will be challenged to higher levels of excellence and outstanding performance.
How do you intend to do this?
A child’s areas of strengths and weaknesses will be assessed by conducting an initial test and subsequent periodic tests. Based on the evaluation results, the student’s Education Manager will put together a personalized curriculum that is tailor-made to strengthen the areas that need improvement. The expectations of a grade level will be set based on the recommended standards in various states (like the California Standards Syllabus for the State of California).
For what grade levels are the tutoring available?
Growing Stars Inc. currently caters to children from grades 3 to 12.
How many hours of tutoring are recommended per month?
In general, two hours of one-on-one tutoring is recommended per week. In addition, two hours of computer aided learning and test taking (without teacher interaction) per month is recommended. However, if a child’s Education Manager finds that extra hours are needed, the child will be advised accordingly to take additional lessons.
What is a shared electronic whiteboard?
An electronic whiteboard is a white rectangular area on a computer screen, on which we can write or draw using a digital pencil. A digital writing pad –a tablet with the size of a mouse pad, and a digital pencil – a mouse which looks like a pen, are used to simulate the experience of writing with a pencil.
What are the gadgets/tools that I should have?
- A sound-card
- One USB port
- An Internet Service Provider (ISP)
- A 56K (or faster) modem. For best performance a high-speed connection like DSL or Cable or any other broadband connection is recommended.
- A headset/microphone combo
- A digital writing pad and a digital pencil.
What is expected from parents?
Parents are expected to provide a distraction-free environment for their children. Parents must know their children’s schedule, and ensure that they log on to the Growing Stars web site 5 to 10 minutes in advance, and wait for the teacher to join the session. The teacher also will log on at the scheduled time, and will automatically be connected to the child at the start time.
How is the progress of a child measured?
Based on the results of the initial Assessment Test, an initial status report of the child will be prepared.His/her knowledge in various skills for the enrolled subject, say Math, for the grade level will be assessed. Progress will be measured based on the performance in subsequent tests for the respective skills.
What is a parent website?
A website for parents of enrolled students. Each parent will be given a username and password, for logging onto this website. Information relevant to the parents such as student progress reports and general guidelines will be posted on this website.