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Negative effects of grades on students

At HNL Tutors, we value both grades and overall improvement. We believe in value-added, not just grades. Our teaching is tailored to ensure that students not only get good grades but also develop a positive attitude towards learning. We teach young people to understand concepts and apply them. Only then do we look at exam questions and how they should be answered. Our goal is to teach students how to learn and become confident learners. Our tutors guide students through the learning process and track their progress, ensuring that they have a positive learning experience.

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Negative effects of grades on students

We believe that small group tuition has shown great improvements in students’ learning. HNL Tutors allows a maximum of 4 students per class, which is a good number of students per tutor. This enables tutors to keep track of each student’s learning and help them if they have challenges. While we focus on learning and not just grades, we also acknowledge that grades are good indicators of learning. However, we want your children to become more confident and proficient learners. We want them to have fun while learning and not become fixated with grades.

At HNL Tutors, we allow students to ask follow-up questions during and after lessons. We want them to do this for the sake of learning and not just grades. We embrace distance travelled and have strategies that will allow children to become independent learners, achieve higher grades and value learning.

To shift the culture away from grades, we adjust our language. When a student is not motivated to complete an assignment, we don’t use threats or phrases like “You must do it because of your grade.” Instead, we use words of encouragement like “You did really well with simplifying that part, and I’m looking forward to seeing you proceed to the next step.” We believe that the gradual use of mindful language has greatly improved students’ motivation to learn.

When interacting with parents, we focus on a child’s ability to demonstrate skills rather than just grades. As a parent, you will be informed of your child’s grades, as well as recommendations on areas that need improvement. At HNL Tutors, we believe in improving the overall learning experience and making it a positive and fun experience for all students.

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