Measuring Growth

Just like parents measure their child along a wall to record their growth, we as tutors need to record the growth of our students through the measure of their work.

We as tutors all desire our students to succeed, to grow, however, how do we really know whether our students are progressing? How do we know whether they’re really improving?

Recently, one of my students came to me with their test paper in their hand and a smile. She was so excited to tell me that she had received 92% in her language analysis English test. I congratulated her and reminded her of how effort always leads to reward. Her mother was also content! She handed me the test for me to look at, and that’s when I had a sudden thought.

We as tutors often congratulate our students for great marks they achieve, however, this is where it stops. We don’t measure their progress. We don’t measure their improvement, and we don’t measure their growth.

If we want our students to continue to improve, then we need to measure their growth!

Let’s see how this is done!

There are 5 simple steps to measuring growth:

  1. After a student has completed a school test (or a test/quiz created from yourself), always ask for a copy of the results and the original test paper to re look at.
  2. Record your student’s result in a “result book” to ensure you have their grade on record. This is a great idea to use as a comparison for future tests.
  3. Record all areas that they received full marks for, to ensure you have a list of their strengths.
  4. Make a list of all the areas that the student did not receive full marks for and note them down in your results book. This is crucial, as the questions that they performed the lowest in will always highlight areas needed for improvement, and any potential gaps in their learning.
  5. With all this feedback, prepare lessons based on the lower marks they received in the test in order to reinforce and revisit points to ensure that any gaps in their learning are filled. Keeping this “result book” will ensure you have records to measure how well your student is performing, the areas that they need work on and the areas that they have truly grasped. This may also be a great time to set goals with your students for the next test.

As much as receiving a good mark is, it is not enough to just celebrate this achievement with your student. It’s your job to follow these steps in order to truly measure success and growth. In doing so, you are leading your students to succeed through filling all gaps in their learning!

If your curious to learn more, head over to our Home Tutors Sydney website, or feel free to call our office on 1300 654 746.

About Chiara Petrelli

Chiara is one of our Tutoring Melbourne team members. Chiara has always been a role model student and enthusiastic high achiever, earning numerous academic awards for a wide range of subjects during her school career including Italian, English, Religion and Society and Legal Studies. She achieved an impressive ATAR in the 90’s with especially strong results in English, and she is currently undertaking her Bachelor of Arts / Education degree at the University of Melbourne where she is studying to become a fully qualified School Teacher.

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