Home tutoring sessions are a great way to help students who need extra help with their studies. Since tuition groups tend to be smaller, students get the individual attention they need to catch up on areas of weakness. When done right, home tutoring enables each student to get targeted feedback, ultimately improving their performance in school.
The need for a tool to identify students’ areas of weakness
In many cases however, home tutors continue to move students at a single pace and do not have the capacity to identify and target every child’s individual weak points. This is especially critical in lower grades as students who lag behind in basic concepts will continue to struggle as they move to higher levels which require them to build on previous knowledge.
Teachers who do not have access to historical data on problem areas also find it difficult to help a student learn. Doctors use diagnostic tools to identify what treatment a patient would need before suggesting medication. Similarly tools that provide teachers with a clear picture of a student’s understanding can help them correctly identify the problem and work with a child to help them learn better.
This is where technology-enabled personalised learning solutions can help.
A teacher for every child
Personalised learning solutions recognise the fact that every student learns in their own way and provides them with a means to choose the way they learn best. There are many such solutions that exist today, one of which is Zaya’s personalised learning platform.
SPARSHA, an organisation that works with vulnerable children and has a number of homes and day care centres in India, uses Zaya’s platform in one of their after school centres in Mumbai. Children who are struggling with their studies come to the centre to access the platform and get extra help. Each child has their own learning profile and the platform works to create recommendations based on their individual strengths and weaknesses.
The diagrams below show the knowledge map of two children in a class. As you can see, both playlists (located on the side of each map), are different – mapped according to their levels of proficiency. With such a map teachers can see specific areas where each child needs extra support.
From tools such as these, home tutors have an accurate picture of where a child stands and where they need additional guidance – making their tutoring more effective and helping children master a topic fully before moving on to the next level.