As a nation, we are struggling to identify means of preventing early academic performance problems, particularly in reading and mathematics. In various forms, academically-focused tutoring programs for young children are being promoted widely as promising strategies for improving academic performance. There is a body of evidence showing the benefits of tutoring. The two primary benefits are: (1) Tutoring will lead to significantly improved academic outcomes as measured by academic grades and standardized test scores; and (2) Tutoring will lead to significant benefits in terms of student self-perception of academic ability, student motivation, and school attendance.
In addition, mentoring is often one component of a program that involves other elements, such as tutoring or life skills training and coaching. The supportive, healthy relationships formed between mentors and mentees are both immediate and long-term and contribute to a host of benefits for mentors and mentees.
Benefits for youth:
Increased high school graduation rates
Lower high school dropout rates
Healthier relationships and lifestyle choices
Better attitude about school
Higher college enrollment rates and higher educational aspirations
Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
Improved behavior, both at home and at school
Stronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peers
Improved interpersonal skills
Decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use