In addition to our on-site classroom and specialized academic support programs, we also offer individualized tutoring to any teens that are struggling in a specific academic area and/or need additional individual help with their academics. Our tutors are UCLA and Pepperdine students, experienced in working with adolescents, and we’ve seen excellent results in their participation in the academic gains of our teens.
For nearly all teens, we provide treatment to, there are direct correlations between their struggles with Teen Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders and the ease or success with which they’re handling their academic responsibilities. One overreaching symptom of all of these disorders is severe stress and this increased stress gradually has negative effects on nearly every aspect of teens’ lives. Because academic responsibilities are one of the most prominent in adolescents’ lives, it’s common for this to be a problematic area during this time. And unfortunately, it’s common for the stress students experience in school to then either contribute to, or exacerbate, the other symptoms of Anxiety, stress, or Teen Depression that they’re experiencing, creating a cyclical pattern that can be overwhelming for them to address. Because of this, as part of our efforts to help prepare teens to return back to their lives and responsibilities as well-equipped as possible to succeed, we provide individualized tutoring for teens to work with, in order to have as much individualized help as they need.
What we find is that it’s fairly common for struggling students to become overwhelmed or intimidated as to how to ask for help, either in or outside of the classroom. This often causes teens to fall even further behind, as they struggle to fix the situation on their own, which in turn causes them to become even more lost and more behind. At the same time, this takes a harsh toll on their confidence as students and belief in themselves to learn. So much of these common aspects of academic struggles can be closely and carefully addressed in the one-on-one dynamic of a student and tutor. In this setting, the individualized tutoring works patiently and thoroughly with teens, giving as much time as is necessary to a specific question, area, subject, or matter of confusion. Though there may be a slight adjustment period, teens gradually regain their willingness to ask questions, confront what they don’t understand, and believe they can overcome their current struggles.
We also find that individualized tutoring works with teens on their academic struggles in a setting that is removed from their school classrooms helps to take some of the pressure and stress off of them which is preventing them from succeeding. In the one-on-one tutor/student setting at Paradigm, nearly all of the stressors of the school setting are removed, including pressure felt from peers, a fear of failure or humiliation, an unwillingness to ask questions in front of others, and feelings of guilt or anxiety surrounding needing help and/or having to ask the teacher for additional explanations. All of these things can become significant sources of stress in adolescents’ lives, especially when they’re in addition to other severe symptoms the teens might be experiencing, due to Mental Health or Substance Abuse Disorders.
Lastly, another important aspect of our tutoring program at Paradigm is how it allows teens the opportunity to recognize what triggers and stressors they experience that are related to their time at school and in class. Because our therapists work closely with the teacher and tutors, the academic support, on-site classroom, and tutoring time is carefully crafted to serve as part of the greater holistic treatment plan, aiming to help support and equip teens toward the greatest possible overall well-being. One crucial aspect of this wellness is for teens to be guided to recognize and identify what triggers are present in their lives that either contribute to, provoke, or worsen their negative feelings. Again, because so much of their time is spent at school and on school-related work, it’s very important for them to not only address the specific questions or subject matter that’s causing them trouble in class, but also to identify new ways that they can address their academic challenges moving forward, to ensure their success both inside the classroom and beyond.