Homework & Academics
Brightside tutors are different -- they're amazing at working with students who are neurodiverse & also happen to be amazing at teaching
How does it work?
Students meet one-on-one, either virtually or in-person at our offices, to work with their Brightside Tutor. During these sessions, they are coached to develop a homework or academic plan for that day, receive support to implement their plan, and then follow accountability measures to ensure the final steps (submission of work and/or planning to complete additional work outside of the session) are complete.
Step 1: Develop a Homework or Academic Plan
Students are coached to plan out that day's work by using a visual planner that incoporates DUE and DO dates, breaks tasks & studying into small, manageable parts, sets priorities, and estimates time.
Step 2: DO your Plan
After students plan their work, then they will implement their plan by putting it into action. Working with their tutor, they will complete each item. Tutors will also be able to help with academic support if needed and will ensure that work is done properly, thoroughly and completely. Active participation in their school work, such as note-taking, showing your work, and study strategies, will be integrated into all tasks.
Step 3: Accountability
Once the work is complete, the Tutor will ensure that all items are submited as expected, or that items are packed away into the schoolbag where they can be easily found the next day. Additionally, after each session, parents will receive detailed notes and access to the student's daily plan.
How do we approach Academic-specific support?
Preview Upcoming Work
Working one-on-one, students will preview (or pre-learn) upcoming academic materials. This allows them to get a first look at the materials in a one-on-one environment that holds their full attention (no distractions like in a classroom) and uses differentiated learning strategies and methods.
Learn it a second time in class
When learning the materials in class, it will be the second time they area being exposed to the subject matter. Since they had pre-teaching, they will already be aware of the subject, have an understanding of it, which will help them stay more focused and keep up with the class.
Students complete their homework and practice examples using the steps and strategies outlined in both their sessions and by their teachers.
Re-teach and review
Students work with their tutor to review their independent work, go over any issues or concerns, re-teach and review where necessary.