How often should my student meet with his or her Latin tutor — Part 1

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Part 1 answers this question for students who are enrolled in another Latin class, in a traditional or a homeschooled setting.  Part 2 answers this question for homeschooled students whose Latin tutor is their primary instructor.

This is one of the most common questions I hear from parents of new students.  As a mom of four active children, I understand this!  My job description is more accurately described as “chauffeur with benefits.”

Before Latin for Homeschoolers introduced live online tutoring, there were two in-person Latin tutoring scenarios, both of which were problematic:

  • Scenario 1:  Once a week for 60 minutes.  Most people were too busy to drive to the same place more than once a week.  Unfortunately, students started to fatigue about 25-30 minutes into a session.
  • Scenario 2:  Twice a week for 30 minutes.  This solved the student fatigue problem, but it was still inefficient.  Students and tutors spent more time in the car than working with each other!

More importantly, both scenarios forced students to work on Latin according the calendar, which did not always correspond to what was happening in Latin class, or when they actually needed help.  If students had a quiz Wednesday, Thursday tutoring was not very useful, etc.

Live online Latin tutoring solves all of these problems.  Frequency is determined not by the schedule, but by real-time events and issues.  Sessions can be as short as fifteen minutes, or as long as 60 minutes, depending on your student’s ability to concentrate and be productive.

How often should my student meet with his or her Latin tutor?  As often — or as little — as necessary to get the job done.