Group Tutorials expose youth to academics in a non-threatening and experiential mode. Emphasis is placed on process over product, on reasoning versus grasping for quick answers, on respecting the developmental level of each young person and on promoting a positive and collaborative social atmosphere. Each multi-age group is an excellent format for fostering varied levels of intellectual development, because every youth is both a peer and a mentor. The programs vary in content and are designed to be taken together to create a holistic educational experience that exposes youth to all of the Multiple Intelligences as defined by Howard Gardner. Group Tutorial Facilitators collaborate with one another to ensure that each program is serving as a building block for the next. On the following pages are some examples of the types of activities and concepts to which youth will be exposed at each age level. Given that the groups meet only 5 to 10 hours a week, it is unrealistic to expect that youth will master (truly conceptually understand) all concepts. Our goal is to introduce youth to a wide range of content areas, with the understanding that parents will then be able to build on these same themes when working with their youth on their non-OC days. This is Partnership Education in practice! OC Facilitators are always happy to speak with parents indiviually to talk about their observations of a specific youth and which areas a family may want to delve into deeper at home. Remember, Facilitators can be an invaluable resource, so please do not hesitate to reach out.
We are strong believers in the value of multi-age/developmental learning opportunities. Different levels of Group Tutorial programs will occasionally work with each other.