Parent Teacher Magazine Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools May/June 2018 - Page 8

Filling in the skill gaps with tutoring school,” Newman says. “With the Rotational The Tutoring Center improves students’ Approach, Dr. Thalheimer has found a way academic skills as a whole, rather than to keep children stimulated. They spend temporarily assisting them with individual 30 minutes at the first section, then 15 school assignments. minutes at each of the sections after that. Owner and director Leda Newman Research data have repeatedly proven this attributes the center’s success to focusing approach to be highly effective.” on both academic skill and attitude — The Tutoring Center works with which are completely intertwined. students from pre-kindergarten to the end “Our goal is to not only bring grades of high school, on subjects ranging from up, but to also develop in students a early phonics all the way to Calculus. The powerful interest in the amazing things center also provides Pre-SAT programs, they learn every day,” Newman says. and will offer SAT and ACT prep sessions The more a student struggles, the this summer. more their confidence and motivation “Our ability to cover skill gaps from diminish. This is why positive earlier studies is especially important for encouragement and in-depth instruction effective SAT/ACT tutoring,” says Newman. are paramount to the tutors at The “Most programs throw students right into Tutoring Center. things, but we at The Tutoring Center get Using the nationally standardized to know the student, and where they are Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, Lead Instructor Sam Askew works with Jake and Josh academically, first. That way, we help them Newman first determines a child’s reading Newman on SAT math questions. train for the SAT or ACT with personalized and math levels as compared to the and thorough effectiveness.” average scores for their grade level. The Kaufman Test, lauded by school and Some children have special needs, and others are seeking enrichment educational psychologists around the country, only takes about one hour and programs. But no matter where your children are academically, says rates a child’s month level within each grade year. Newman, “we look forward to helping your children perform better in school “For example, your student may be at a fourth-month of seventh-grade and become better learners and growers.” level,” Newman said. “The Kaufman Test is very accurate and enables us to develop programs with predictable outcomes for our families.” “Sometimes a student may be in Algebra II, but have some skill gaps from 5th grade math that have been making math difficult for them ever since,” Newman says. “That’s why The Tutoring Center fixes comprehension gaps in a student’s past studies, while also expanding their understanding of what they’re currently learning.” Newman says the same is true of any other academic subject; vocabulary, grammar, and comprehension gaps, for example, can hinder a student’s developing language arts abilities. “School systems are designed to teach a full grade each year — and for most students that works,” she said. “But when a student falls behind, it can be difficult for them to receive the individual attention they need. That’s why The Tutoring Center is such an important resource.” Home tutors usually work on daily homework assignments with a child, and after-school programs often involve one teacher working with several children at once. But The Tutoring Center provides one-on-one tutoring that thoroughly addresses a child’s understanding of a subject. • One-to-One Instruction • Reading • Writing • Individualized Programs • Math • Algebra I & II Using the “Rotational Approach to Learning” created • NO CONTRACTS • Geometry • SAT & ACT by Dr. Edward Thalheimer, educational psychologist and • Guaranteed Results • Study Skills • And More! founder of The Tutoring Center, tutors keep students alert Our system is designed to rapidly increase academic and engaged. skills and improve concentration span. Students move through three different stations during their hour at The Tutoring Center, practicing three separate sets of material. Although the student works with a few different instructors during that hour, the instruction is always one-on-one. “It’s not very effective to sit with one person, at one table, working on one set of material for a full hour after 6 • May/June 2018 • Parent Teacher Magazine