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High Dosage Tutoring and School Day Integrations

Yup enables schools to integrate effective tutoring into the school day

Yup's Math Learning Support System flexibly integrates into the school day to meet the specific needs of individual districts, schools, or even classrooms. We collaborate with schools to develop effective tutoring programs shaped by teachers and administrators.

“The research on high-dosage tutoring — generally defined as one-on-one tutoring or tutoring in very small groups at least three times a week, or for about 50 hours over a semester — is robust, and it is convincing. On average, the effect sizes are among the largest of all interventions seen in education.”

Education Week
August 19, 2020

Yup's flexibility allows schools to leverage expert tutors to support students with a diverse range of needs in a variety of settings

High Dosage Tutoring

Students meet with a tutor regularly in order to receive more intensive, ongoing support. Yup captures data on individual student progress that helps to inform continued support.

High Dosage Tutoring

Targeted Test Preparation

Yup works with teachers and administrators to develop strategic test preparation plans. Yup tutors are equipped to support students in preparing for state assessments, college-entry tests and even Advanced Placement exams.

Targeted Test Preparation

Remote Learning Support

Yup allows students to instantly connect with a live tutor from anywhere - at school, home, or even the library. In a setting where teacher and parent support may be limited, students are able to receive as much expert help as they need for as long as they need it.

Remote Learning Support

24/7 Instructional Support and Homework Help

Students receive around the clock, seven days a week access to tutoring support so they can get expert help whenever they need it - during instructional support blocks, study hall or even late at night when studying for a test. The options are limitless!

24/7 Instructional Support and Homework Help
What is High-Dosage Tutoring?

What is High-Dosage Tutoring?

High-dosage tutoring represents a proven intervention to accelerate learning and resolve unfinished learning. It has been defined by researchers as more than three tutoring sessions per week or about 50 hours per semester. Since tutors can offer individualized instruction tailored to each student's needs, high dosage tutoring should not be viewed merely as a remedial tool.

Yup's approach to high-dosage tutoring offers one-on-one tutoring sessions. These sessions can be scheduled, although Yup's platform allows on demand access for students as well. Yup tutors are carefully screened for math expertise and teaching skills. Only the top 5% of applicants are accepted. Yup tutors are current and former teachers, education professionals, and graduate students with extensive math experience. Moreover, Yup tutors are supported every day by Tutor Quality Managers to ensure sessions drive long-term understanding, not just answer-getting.

Yup and High-Dosage Tutoring

Given the effectiveness of High-Dosage Tutoring as evidenced by significant research, we wanted to showcase how Yup stacks up against the primary design principles.

Staffing and Training

Research
The most effective tutors are teachers and those with subject-specific experience and expertise.
Reality
Teachers are already shouldering a full course load, and a national teacher shortage in secondary math makes additional hiring a challenge.
Yup
Yup recruits tutors specifically for math content knowledge and their ability to teach according to evidence-based strategies supported by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Group Size

Research
1-on-1 or 2-on-1 tutoring is ideal, but up to 4-on-1 can be effective.
Reality
In order to support just 10 students, schools would need to find 5 highly qualified math tutors. Supporting 50 students would require 25. This is neither sustainable nor realistic.
Yup
Yup's highly trained math tutors only work with 1 student at a time in order to maximize their effectiveness.

Curriculum

Research
The curriculum used during tutoring should be aligned to the curriculum used throughout the school.
Reality
Acquainting a cohort of tutors with the core curriculum and providing them with the aligned materials requires a significant time investment.
Yup
Yup partners with ASSISTments, a research-based platform that allows teachers to seamlessly assign problems to students from all major math curricula (Illustrative Mathematics, Eureka Math, and more).

Progress Monitoring

Research
Tutoring programs that utilize ongoing informal assessments allow tutors to more effectively tailor their instruction.
Reality
The responsibility of creating assessments and familiarizing tutors with them often falls on teachers who are already planning and teaching a full course load.
Yup
Yup session transcripts and usage statistics are available in real time. Our teacher support team reports out on key trends with aligned recommendations each week.

Scheduling

Research
Educators should tutor students during blocks of time when students do not have core classes like math or reading.
Reality
Teachers and support educators are needed during core instructional blocks. When these same staff run high-dosage tutoring during the school day, it eats into prep time and is often in violation of contracts.
Yup
Yup's on-demand 24/7 scheduling model allows for tremendous flexibility, with tutors available instantly at any time of day.

Frequency

Research
Every school day for an hour.
Reality
Paying for daily tutoring can be expensive, and schools must pay tutors even when students don't show up.
Yup
Yup charges a fixed cost per student for the school year for unlimited access to our math tutors, 24/7. Our team partners with teachers and administrators to seamlessly integrate tutoring into the school day, guaranteeing usage and learning for the students who need it most.

What Does It Take to Implement High-Dosage Tutoring Well?

Personalized tutoring is core to a successful approach. Yup's highly trained math tutors only work with one student at a time. Yup tutors engage students in cycles of questioning and feedback to precisely diagnose student misunderstandings and support students to gain enduring, conceptual understanding. For Yup tutors, it's not about helping students to answer a question; it's about supporting them to gain strong conceptual understanding.

Yup recruits tutors specifically for math content knowledge and their ability to teach according to evidence-based strategies supported by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Each Yup tutor works with a Tutor Quality Manager to ensure adherence to the three pillars of Yup's Teaching Framework: Empathy, Pedagogy, and Precision.

In addition to offering excellent tutors, Yup's approach ensures strong curriculum alignment and includes robust progress monitoring protocols. Research shows that the curriculum used during tutoring sessions should be aligned to the curriculum used throughout the school. So Yup partners with ASSISTments, a research based platform that allows teachers to seamlessly assign problems to students from all major math curricula (Illustrative Mathematics, Eureka Math, and more). And because we know that teacher capacity is limited, Yup supports with progress monitoring by reporting each week on key trends with aligned recommendations. Yup also makes session transcripts and usage statistics available in real time for teachers to review on their schedule.

Because students can submit a problem directly from what I assigned, Yup tutors were able to provide support that directly related to what we were doing in the classroom. Pair that with the excellent tutoring and I was thrilled with our classroom engagement & student results.

Teacher
Common Ground High School

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