Introduction to Afterschool Tutoring: Benefits, Types and Key Elements

Late last month, Boston’s newly elected mayor Martin Walsh succeeded where his predecessor had failed.  He was able to secure an agreement between the city, the school district, and the Boston Teachers Union to extend the school day by 40 additional minutes.  Read the article here.

Considerable research suggests that extending learning time can boost performance in struggling schools.  However, one thing that was noted in the article was the as yet decided upon use for this additional time.  Statewide, Boston’s Public Schools ranked 288 out of 302 in 3rd grade English and 269 out of 302 in 3rd grade Math. The obvious choice would seem to be to increase studies in these vital subjects.  However, as one parent alluded to in the article, so much is crammed into the school day as it is.

Regardless of what the schools decide to do with the 40 additional minutes, parents have other options to boost their students’ academic performance. One such option is afterschool tutoring.

Let’s face it; many students in urban and areas lack the experiences that support their intellectual development. In urban areas, students, without proper guidance from parents and teachers, are prone to negative peer pressure. The students are also often confronted with the reality of violence of inner cities around both their homes and school. With the inherent failure of the existing systems, afterschool tutoring is almost a must for students to excel.  If you are in the Dorchester, MA area quality tutoring – both supplemental and enrichment – as well as ISEE test prep can be found at Ann’s Christian Learning Center.

The Benefits of Afterschool Programs

According to a 2002 report by the Department of Education, 8 million students are left alone and unsupervised after school each day. This is further compounded during the summer when school is out for vacation and both parents are busy at work.  In these instances, afterschool tutoring programs provide safe, enriching, nurturing and character-building opportunities. Tutoring during the summer solves at least 2 problems of the inner city – a gaggle of unsupervised children in the streets during the day and a decrease in what has become known as summer learning loss.

These programs have significant impacts on the improvement of academic success and social behavior of students. A research on After School Programs in California showed that afterschool programs had many positive effects on students, including academic achievement, a reduction in grade retention, regular attendance and good behavior. In addition, students also showed improvement in social skills and behavior.


There are 3 types of afterschool program:

Day-care: emphasis on cultural and recreational activities.
After-school: emphasis on academic and recreational activities.
Extended-school day program: emphasis on cultural, recreational and enrichment activities tied to the school-curriculum.

Key Elements

It would be too naïve to say that all afterschool programs can create all of the excellent outcomes. In fact, there are 4 key elements that determine the success of the programs. The elements include:

  • Academic offering that includes hands-on learning, tutoring, homework assistance, reading and writing enrichment
  • Enrichment and accelerated learning that include exposure to performing arts, character education, field trips, foreign languages, critical thinking skills, and technology
  • Supervised recreation that includes sports education and organized sports
  • Community service that includes connection between students to the community

It goes without saying that afterschool programs offer many positive benefits for the students and the society as long as the key elements of the programs are fulfilled. Give the staff of ACLC a call and see how they can help your student achieve their highest potential.


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U.S. Students Slide In Global Ranking On Math, Reading, Science

This month, NPR reported that the most recent results of the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) show American 15 year old students slipping in global rankings in reading, math and science. The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a worldwide study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in member and non-member nations of 15-year-old school pupils’ scholastic performance on mathematics, science, and reading. It was first performed in 2000 and then repeated every three years. It is done with a view to improving education policies and outcomes.

470,000 15-year-old students representing 65 nations and territories participated in PISA 2009 when 23 nations and other jurisdictions outperformed the United States in mathematics.  In 2012, the United States lagged behind 29 other nations.  The United States’ rankings also fell in science 22 education systems scored above the U.S. average in 2012, up from 18 in 2009 and reading – 19 other locales scored higher than U.S. students in 2012 — a jump from nine in 2009.

The top overall scores came from Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Macao and Japan, followed by Lichtenstein, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Estonia.

The math scores of students in Shanghai showed that they are “the equivalent of over two years of formal schooling ahead of those observed in Massachusetts, itself a strong-performing U.S. state,” according to the study.

American Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the PISA findings a “picture of educational stagnation.” He told The Associated Press that America needs to “invest in early education, raise academic standards, make college affordable, and do more to recruit and retain top-notch educators.”

If you are in the Dorchester, MA area, one way to help improve your student’s performance is with supplemental tutoring at Ann’s Christian Learning Center (ACLC)ACLC is a one-to-one and small group, state-approved, private learning center located in Dorchester, MA. They provide tutoring services to students in elementary and middle schools, in Mathematics, Reading, Writing, Spanish and French. They also have an ISEE test prep course to prepare students for the exam required for entrance into Boston’s exam schools – Boston Latin, Latin Academy, and the O’Bryant School of Math and Science. Given that these are the best schools in the Boston Public School system, admittance to one of these schools is one of the best ways to give your student an academic advantage.

Read the entire NPR article at

See the complete PISA 2012 Results at


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The Explosive Growth of Tutoring in Different Parts of the World

The world as we know it is becoming increasingly smaller. Globalization, as it is known, is made possible with the improved quality of education at all levels. For the global economy to continue to thrive, and more importantly, for one to actively and successfully participate in it, the significance of quality, structured and systemized education must be shared by all related parties: educators, parents and students alike. One option that students of all ages can take advantage of is private tutoring. This not only boosts the value of the classroom education, but it puts provides younger students with a competitive advantage when applying to colleges, internships, and even jobs.

In all countries in the world, the interest in tutoring, also known as shadow education, is growing like mushrooms in humid, wet grounds. This teaching method is considered prime for bolstering the traditional educational methods. Whether to hone more technical or academic skills or to gain admission into top colleges or universities, students in the world now invest more money and time with their tutors, compared to a decade or two ago. As with extra-curricular activity, there is a cost associated with this additional teaching. In major cities around the world, prices range from $30 – $250 per hour.  And even with these costs, the tutoring industry is growing at a rate of 7% per year in some countries and globally, is set to surpass $100 billion by 2018, according to Global Industry Analysts Inc. a research firm in San Jose, California. It is already a $7 billion industry in the United States.

Various Faces of Tutoring

The diversity of geographical, cultural, political, social and economic backgrounds of countries worldwide results in the creation of various faces of tutoring. Here are the faces of it in different countries around the globe. In Australia, Britain, New Zealand, Italy, South Africa and some part of Canada, a tutor is often but not always a postgraduate student or a lecturer. In the United States and other parts of Canada tutoring is done by  teaching assistants, graduate teaching assistants, or graduate student instructors . In the University of Dublin and University of Cambridge, a tutor is an officer of a college who takes care of a number of students in cognate disciplines. In the University of Oxford, such an officer is known as a CUF Lecturer. In a wider scale, in the United States, a tutor is known as a professional who teaches a topic or field. In Ireland, a tutor works in a secondary school and is responsible for a class of up to 30 students in certain terms. In Cambodia, it is performed by teachers. In Hong Kong, it is performed by individuals, small or large companies. In Mongolia, most of tutoring is labor-intensive. In the Republic of Korea, it is performed with some supporting utilities such as computers and internet connection.

The growth of tutoring is fantastically shown in the Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, India and Kazakhstan. In the Republic of Korea, 90% of students use tutoring. In Hong Kong, 85% of students do the same. In India, 60% of students also use tutoring. In Kazakhstan, 60% use private tutoring. Is it no wonder that we as Americans are falling behind when fewer than 40% of our students receive private tutoring?


In general, there are known 5 methods of tutoring, including:

  • Private tutoring: teaching a specific subject or skill to a student or group of students, or providing SAT, ISEE or other test prep. One such place is ACLC Tutoring.
  • Academic coaching: an evolution of mentoring standardized test preparation or other academic activities.
  • Student-to-student tutoring: current students at higher levels of class or competence act as tutors to their colleagues.
  • Online tutoring: tutoring done online with the use of some utilities such as chat, teleconferencing, web conferencing, whiteboard and other supporting tools.
  • Home tutoring: in contrast to tutoring centers with their afterschool programs. The service involves one-on-one attention done at home.

If you are in the Dorchester, MA area, I encourage you to give Denise Jeter a call at ACLC to discuss how their wonderful staff can help your student advance. Tutoring has rapidly been growing to fulfill the needs of high quality education in the era of globalization and serves as a tool to compete with students from other countries.


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Benefits of Tutoring for Students and Parents

Tutoring has long been associated with remedial education.  And while that is true in some cases, tutoring can also be used to supplement classroom learning.  For 14 years, Ann’s Christian Learning Center (ACLC) has offered personal as well as small group tutoring to both supplement and reinforce English Language Arts (ELA), Math, and reading.  Located between Dorchester’s Codman Square and Lower Mills, ACLC is conveniently located to students in Dorchester, Mattapan, and Milton. This post will show the benefits for ongoing tutoring for both students and parents

For Students

1. A presence of someone whom students can rely on for solving some difficult study cases or questions. This help, most often, cannot be performed by parents so a tutor can be a good partner for it. Such a rapid help avoid students from getting stuck in a particular topic and from negative moods in continuing the learning process

2.A presence of someone students can ask a question and receive an answer from without feeling frightened or intimidated. Compared to the first benefit, this might be more important. The afterschool program can be an evaluation of the situation in formal schools where students are often frightened of being ashamed of due to their ignorance.

3. A help for students in being more organized. Many students are a type that has no fixed schedule and let their books or other learning tools in a mess. They are not keen in prioritizing their homework or test. They have no idea what thing should come first before another. Trained to be well-organized, students should be able to prevent from incomplete assignments or delayed assignment submission

4.Good test prep, such as the ISEE/SSAT as well as the SAT exams. Students often have anxiety attack at the prospect of a test. Tutoring can help mentally and cognitively prepare the students as well as familiarize them with the types of questions to be asked and the best way to narrow in on the correct answer.

5.Intellectual independence by learning how to learn. Most students with a high cognitive competence do not show their best performance due to the lack of intellectual independence. The students have not found the best learning method, techniques or plans for them. A tutor gives guidance to figuring it out.

For Parents

  1. A tutor can monitor their child’s cognitive performance progress. Parents always want to know how far their children have been growing and learning. However, parents are often limited by some lack of academic knowledge or up-to-date information.
  2. A convenient time for children to learn. Some parents want the best learning time for their kids while they can also accompany the tutoring Tutoring makes it work for everyone.

What to Look for in a Tutor

The benefits stated above can only be obtained if you hire a tutor with these special criteria:

– The tutor helps students develop self confidence.
The tutor creates a unique relationship with students, neither as a parent nor as a teacher.
The tutor guides students to achieving intellectual independence.

Since 2002, ACLC has served a diverse population of students who have a desire to succeed and a commitment to personal development.  If your child possesses these qualities, contact Denise Jeter at 617-391-0270.

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