Entering the world of private tutoring can be daunting so we’ve complied a list of want to expect, and some useful tips for tutors on how to navigate the waters!
MEETING THE STUDENT
Meeting the student for the first time can be a little awkward. Some might be embarrassed, others just quite but it is important to talk to the student. Find out likes/dislikes, interests, hobbies, etc. Tutoring isn’t just about improving grades; it’s about knowing the student, how they learn best and helping them understand the content!
ASSESSING THE SITUATION
Assessing the situation means acknowledging the capabilities, expectations and desires of the student. Set goals and expectations accordingly. As a tutor if you have to understand these and work with the student to make sure they are successful!
DIRECTING THE LESSON
You and your student are a team and you’re the leader! Make sure you and the student have equal contribution. You have to work together to correct any misunderstandings, develop an interest in and gain a deeper understanding of the subject!
GIVING FEEDBACK – BE POSITIVE!
It can get frustrating when nothing seems to stick but it’s your job to stay positive! Always be encouraging and make sure your feedback on work is constructive. Read body language; know when you need to be tough and when you need cut them some slack.
SOME FINAL POINTERS
When tutoring be yourself! Don’t be afraid to admit that you don’t know something or that you’re not the right person to be tutoring someone. Tutoring is personal business and, to get the best results, you have to be honest about your fit with the student!