The difference between tutoring, high dosage tutoring and education therapy

By Jessica Watson
May 15, 2023

Looking for educational options to give your learner a boost can be confusing. There are so many new options to help our learners get on track or get ahead. Having options to choose from is a great problem to have but, do you know exactly what your learner needs? Are you in search of tutoring, high-dosage tutoring or education therapy? The answer to this question will be easier if you can answer the following questions about your learner:

  • Do they need extra help in one subject?
  • Are they experiencing difficulties across several subjects?
  • Are their challenges due to over-arching issues like poor time management or lack of organization?

The following are explanations of each form of educational support:


Academic support provided by a peer, educator or other individual, offered in addition to the general educational support of a classroom.

High Dosage Tutoring

High dosage tutoring is for learners who need to catch up on academics in a short period of time. In this program learners are provided with targeted instruction several hours per week for a set amount of time. Instruction methods often consist of a lot of repetition and drilling of specific academic skills or concepts. This method became popular after COVID affected in person learning.

Education Therapy

Educational therapy focuses on identifying and addressing underlying causes of a learner’s challenges. An education specialist then helps them gain skill through strategies and techniques embedded with executive functioning to increase academic success. This is a popular method for kids diagnosed with learning differences.

Similarities and differences

Education TherapyHigh Dosage TutoringTutoring
Provides academic supportYYY
Academic goal-based programYYN
High quality educators who are trained in education and child developmentYNN
Program based on learner’s profile strengths and challengesYNN
Multisensory and evidence based programsYNN
Embedded executive functioningYNN
Long term skill retentionYNN
Help learners gain skills such as planning, organizing, time management. etc.YNN
Improve underlying cognitive processesYNN
Easily accessible ($)NNY
62% of teachers feel online tutoring is not helpful

Often parents assume tutoring platforms and high dosage tutoring options are sufficient for providing supplemental assistance for learners. According to Learnfully’s recent survey of parents and educators:

  • 44% of teachers said students who used these platforms were not engaged in the platform
  • 62% of teachers said students were unable to retain learnings from these platforms and apply them to future concepts

Educational therapy is the only form of instruction that takes a holistic approach. This helps a learner get ahead by addressing the root cause of learning difficulties such as attention deficits, working memory deficits, processing speed issues and language-based learning disabilities. 

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