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digital educationCOVID-19 and High Dosage Tutoring (HDT)

September 08, 2021

A Closed Door and an Open Window

The Coronavirus health emergency has had astounding ramifications on people and industries across the globe. Students and Teachers in particular witnessed multiple staggering shifts in their educational programs. EdSurge reports that approximately one out of five teachers surveyed have considered a complete career change during the pandemic, moving away from education. This is at least partly due to the sudden changes. In regards to students, researchers from the Brookings Institution noted that, “the math achievement of students in 2020 was about 5 to 10 percentile points lower compared to same-grade students the prior year” which is also attributed to the shift towards virtual learning.

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These shifts to the learning process have led to various ongoing discussions on remedying the negative educational impacts of COVID-19. But now, thanks to the hard work and dedication of thousands of educators and researchers, the future of educational systems looks inspiring. New EdTech aids are shaping up nicely to support efforts to address unfinished learning.

High Dosage Tutoring and the Path to Accelerated Learning

High-Dosage Tutoring (HDT) is an exciting and proven technique that educators can leverage in the push to accelerate learning and resolve unfinished learning. This method aims to provide students with frequent, and potentially scheduled, one-on-one tutoring sessions - hence the term ‘High Dosage Tutoring’. In addition to the high frequency of the sessions, students receive personalized instruction tailored to their needs keeping them well on track with their curriculum. It is also important to note that High Dosage Tutoring is intended for ALL students; it is not a purely remedial tool.

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Based on a recent study, researchers from the University of Chicago claim that, “By providing personalized instruction and coordinating closely with teachers, students, and families, tutors were able to complement in-classroom learning and help students progress two to three times faster than their peers.” This study also observed impressive learning gains particularly in levels of Math Learning. This is compelling evidence of the accelerated learning that High-Dosage Tutoring can provide.

“By providing personalized instruction … tutors were able to complement in-classroom learning and help students progress two to three times faster than their peers.” -- University of Chicago, Education Lab

High-Dosage Tutoring, when executed correctly, alleviates the downfalls of traditional tutoring. For instance, one of the core principles of student success is the quality of the instructor. HDT protocols ensure that students are in contact with highly educated and well vetted tutors. Whereas traditional tutoring is often left in the hands of peers and volunteers who, although may be well-meaning, are not necessarily the ideal instructors for students that need assistance.

Say ‘Yup’ to helping students succeed in Math Learning

Yup’s Math learning support system connects students to personalized one-on-one tutoring sessions with the best and brightest tutors available. The best part is that students can get help whenever and wherever they are. While Yup is an excellent tool for students and schools experiencing remote learning protocols, it is intended for use at all times and for all schools, whether virtual or in-person. One teacher advocated that, “Any school that is looking for a personalized approach to math instruction should be looking at Yup.” (source)

“Any school that is looking for a personalized approach to math instruction should be looking at Yup.” -- Drew Karimlou, Instructional Coach

There is a reason students love using Yup’s tutoring services. Yup provides its students with support in all K-12 math content: from Algebra, to Trigonometry, Statistics, and more. Students in any grade level from kindergarten all the way up to Grade 12 can get instant support at the click or tap of a button. These one-on-one tutoring sessions are untimed and can go on for as long as each student needs. This ensures that students get the help they require. Moreover, this practice coincides with one of the core principles of High Dosage Tutoring, namely, long sessions. In addition to this, Yup is also committed to recruiting only highly educated and well-vetted tutors, adhering to another core principle of HDT.

Expert One-on-One Tutoring

Yup tutors are expert education professionals who possess the skills and extensive experience in Math to drive student learning. Yup tutors don’t give out answers, they help guide students to the correct solution. The vetting process for tutors is remarkably thorough. So much so that approximately 95% of applicants do not meet Yup’s extensive standards. The 5% of applicants that are proven to be truly exceptional and reliable then receive consistent on-the-job feedback to ensure consistent and even improved results over time.

What can Educators do to Help their students?

School administrators should see how Yup’s services can accelerate Math learning and help your students succeed. Yup collaborates with administrators to assemble High Dosage Tutoring into their students’ school day and curriculum. School districts and administrators should be pleased to know that school funding received via the CARES Act: (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) covers expenditures on Yup’s learning support system. Teachers are also encouraged to see what educators from many school districts are saying about Yup.

Mathematics is a critical subject in which students deserve a better opportunity to learn. Reach out today to schools@yup.com to learn more about bringing Yup to your school or district.

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