The Benefits of Tutoring: How Mentoring Can Improve Academic Performance

Mentoring can be a powerful tool for helping students reach their full potential. Research has shown that tutoring can have a positive impact on academic performance, motivation, and learning abilities. Studies have demonstrated that tutoring can raise average students to the 98th percentile, and even high-achieving students can benefit from mentoring at all grade levels. Observational studies have found it difficult to determine the exact effects of tutoring programs by looking at students' educational trajectories before and after tutoring.

However, there is evidence that tutoring can facilitate the social and academic integration of undeclared students. Hartman (1990) found that mentoring sessions can provide a social interaction that helps students to progress in their studies. Tutoring can also help to improve study habits and time management skills. By providing guidance and support, tutors can help students to develop better strategies for tackling their studies.

This can include helping them to break down tasks into manageable chunks, as well as providing advice on how to prioritize their workload. In addition, tutors can provide personalized feedback on assignments and exams. This can help students to identify areas where they need to improve, as well as giving them the confidence to tackle more challenging tasks. Tutors can also provide guidance on how to approach different types of questions, which can be invaluable for exam preparation. Finally, tutoring can help to build self-esteem and confidence in students.

By providing a safe and supportive environment, tutors can help students to develop their self-belief and resilience. This can be particularly beneficial for those who are struggling with their studies or who lack motivation.

Shahid Lakha
Shahid Lakha

Shahid Lakha is a seasoned educational consultant with a rich history in the independent education sector and EdTech. With a solid background in Physics, Shahid has cultivated a career that spans tutoring, consulting, and entrepreneurship. As an Educational Consultant at Spires Online Tutoring since October 2016, he has been instrumental in fostering educational excellence in the online tutoring space. Shahid is also the founder and director of Specialist Science Tutors, a tutoring agency based in West London, where he has successfully managed various facets of the business, including marketing, web design, and client relationships. His dedication to education is further evidenced by his role as a self-employed tutor, where he has been teaching Maths, Physics, and Engineering to students up to university level since September 2011. Shahid holds a Master of Science in Photon Science from the University of Manchester and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Bath.