Parents seek summer tutors to help kids catch up ahead of school year

Updated: August 09, 2020 08:55 AM
Created: August 09, 2020 07:14 AM

(WHEC/WNYT) — Schools may have the green light to reopen in New York but as parents wait, many are reaching out to tutors to help their kids catch up ahead of the new school year.

At the Huntington Learning Center in Clifton Park, the phone has been ringing off the hook. The learning center is offering both virtual and in-person tutoring.


"By the time school starts it'll be about six months that kids have been out of school or at least normal school," says Executive Director. Scott Coghlan. 

Studies are showing virtual learning has left students behind and now they're looking to get caught up before moving up.

"There are independent studies that estimate learning loss anywhere between 30 and 50 percent for students during that period of time," says Coghlan. 

They've offered virtual tutoring since they had to close down back in March and they'll continue to offer it along with in-person. Virtual tutoring is different than the remote learning students had been doing with their school.

"It's one to one and it's interactive and there's no ability for the student to just wander off," says Coghlan. 

Huntington learning center is offering a new program in the fall called study hall.

Usually, the center would only be open in the evenings and on weekends during the school year, but that's changing. 

"If you got a student that is learning remotely through the school they'll have the ability to drop their child off here, we'll have a certified teacher provide a supervised learning environment where we can make sure the student stays focused, is engaged is actually working," says Coghlan. 

Like any business that's open during the pandemic, there are safety precautions in place including social distancing, wearings mask and disinfecting spaces between sessions. 

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