A young student looking at books at Albertine Books, a bookstore in Manhattan, NYC. Photo by the author, with permission.
A young student looking at books at Albertine Books, a bookstore in Manhattan, NYC. Photo by the author, with permission.

Understanding the needs of young students from a UX perspective

How 5 essential UX approaches can make tutoring meaningful and long-lasting

Eva Schicker
5 min readJul 27, 2022

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Young students are highly individual beings. They acquire skills and knowledge little by little, academically, physically, and emotionally. Playtime and time spent outdoors are extremely important for a child’s well-being. Games are a central focus in their daily activities. Parents, aunts, uncles, and teachers are essential leaders in a child’s path through school and life in general.

How can we create a successful studying path for a young student?

In these past years, I’ve been tutoring a 5th-grader in math. His sincerity and openness to learning have inspired me to look into possibilities on how some UX concepts can help him flourish even more.

Not an easy task.

Personally, I feel qualified to tutor, as I have tutored many young students for most of my adult years. I’m also trained professionally in UX. I’m not a parent myself, so I can’t bring any parental experience to the table. However, I love studying with kids immensely.

Young students sitting outside at a wooden table and learning together. Photo by Alexis Brown on Unsplash.
Young students sitting outside at a wooden table and learning together. Photo by Alexis Brown on Unsplash.

Spending many hours with my young students and seeing him make beautiful progress made me realize that I wanted to impart a long-lasting, positive learning path and build a foundational concept for future studies.

This presented an Initial Problem Statement[1]:

How can I help a 5th-grade student acquire and retain the math knowledge needed to succeed in future grades and thus excel at school and in life?

Furthermore:

Which UX skills can a tutor tap into to create an environment of excellence for young students?

5 UX skills that support excellent tutoring and learning conditions

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Eva Schicker

Hello. I write about UX, UI, AI, animation, tech, art & design through the eyes of a designer. UX lead Lelantos Press, NYC UX GA grad. Top writer 5x.