In high school, children undergo dramatic physical, mental, emotional and social growth. It is a time when they gain more independence, learn more defined work habits and become more concerned about the future. Cognitively, teenagers develop a deeper capacity to reason logically, make educated guesses, think abstractly, draw comparisons, and be able to deal with hypothetical situations.
High School students find that strong reading and writing skills are critical to doing well in their classes. From required English, literature, history and humanities courses, to electives such as psychology, geography, theatre, and even in science, the high school curriculum expects students to read and write with accuracy and insight. They are also expected to participate enthusiastically in class discussions and be confident about sharing their thoughts. High School students may feel overwhelmed by how much and how quickly they are expected to learn, and have difficulty organizing their time and juggling multiple assignments.
Between ninth and twelfth grade, students dive into complicated classic works of literature, from Charles Dickens to Toni Morrison. They are asked to analyze author’s craft; grasp a book’s multiple themes; understand its societal and historical context; identify what life lesson the characters learn and what larger themes the book explores. In addition to reading challenging novels in their entirety, high school students also do close reading, which entails studying short passages intently and writing about their observations. Non-fiction reading in high school is geared towards content and analyzing information. Students are expected to find and read multiple kinds of sources, including textbooks, articles, websites and primary documents; be adept at identifying which sources are reliable; and be comfortable contrasting those sources’ different points of view. In high school, students also may find themselves in Socratic seminars, where they have to add their thinking to high-level conversations with clarity and impact. In the years between ninth and twelfth grade, students are called on to write ever more complex pieces about fiction and non-fiction texts, all of which paves the way for their academic success in college.
In high school, students rarely read anything without being asked to write about it, and rarely write anything without it involving some kind of reading. Online Tutors International supports high school students in reading and writing in all disciplines.
Our Master Tutors know how to make high school reading – including classics and historical documents written in archaic language – accessible to students. Our tutors embrace the challenge of helping students in ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade read complex, demanding texts. They teach students strategies they can use to navigate these texts and comprehend them at a high level, whether they’re reading a play of William Shakespeare’s or a dense history textbook. In their sessions with their tutor, students become adept at constructing meaning in close-reading of short passages and challenging whole-class novels. They become skilled at locating and evaluating valid sources for research projects, and at picking out the most relevant information and organizing their notes as they do their research.
It’s of enormous help to students to have a tutor who checks in with them about their reading at regular intervals, rather than waiting until after they’ve read the whole book. Discussing their reading with their tutor is great preparation for writing responses, essays and papers. Talking over texts with their tutor also gets students ready to contribute ideas to high-level discussions in class or online, as well as later at university.
Our Master Tutors scaffold and support students as they write increasingly complex pieces across their years in high school, including sophisticated literary essays and well-researched historical papers. In tutoring that covers English and literature classes and all other academic subjects, we ensure that students meet high academic standards in writing.
Tutors teach students strategies for organizing their writing logically, and how to write with precise detail that supports their claim clearly and elegantly. They’ll show students well-written mentor (or model) texts to help them envision how to craft their writing and use literary devices and evocative language to make their writing stand out to readers. Our tutors ensure that your child’s writing is focused, accurate and meaningful; that their voice is authoritative, eloquent and interesting; and that they express their ideas in a manner that is detailed, clear and thorough. After evaluating your child’s writing, their tutor will provide any instruction in the conventions of writing—grammar and punctuation—that their work shows they need in order to write complex sentences correctly.
Our tutors help students – many of whom may be juggling multiple writing assignments of various lengths and requirements – create a schedule for how they will complete their work. Our tutors help students allocate their time so that they are able to devote the necessary amount of attention to each of their assignments. Tutors also make sure that students leave enough time for revision and editing, the final steps necessary for creating pieces that achieve the highest standards.
For high school students with a passion for writing in non-academic genres, such as fiction or poetry, our tutors can be a real blessing. They serve as a sounding-board, cheerleader and expert editor for children whose hunger to write extend far beyond the classroom.