How To Become a Successful Tutor

How To Become a Successful Tutor

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Jul 23,2019 | By: Anam@Tutors

How To Become a Successful Tutor

How to Be A Good Tutor

Entering the world of private tuition for the first time can be daunting, so we'vecollected what we hope will be useful advice to let you to what you can expect,especially when tutoring younger age group. In tutoring, what works is the one-to-one relationship between the student and tutor. With only one person to focus on, To help students reach their potential, you have to assesseach one's needs and goals individually. With your individualized attention,any student can improve their understanding of difficult material.


The purpose of this blog post is to provide some inspiration to tutors by pointing them towards alternative and sometimes complementary ways of tutoring.


Preparation: Find out as much as you can about the student and their problem before the first lesson. Confirm the subject and topics they need help with, the level, examboard and syllabus. You are compensated for preparation time. Useit diligently! Know the current assignments and work through the solutions before hand. Plan ahead!


Pay attention to what they already know: When first getting to know your students, you need to gauge what theyalready know, so you don't waste time in your sessions. Ask the student whatthey're good at and what they most enjoy about the subject you're working on.Let him or her speak open-endedly about the subject and show off for you.  make the student feel smart and validated while letting you figure out what material they've already mastered.


Ask where they’re having trouble: Studentsare often quite aware of their weaknesses. They know what types of questionsthey consistently miss on quizzes, or what parts of class lectures make no sense to them. Let the student explain where they get lost, and make a list of those areas for your own reference.


Work together to set up goals: Create a mix of major and minor goals that can be achieved in a reasonable amount of time. For example, a student may not be able to bring up a math grade within a month, but three months would be a good goal for grade improvement. Minor goals should be set for the short term: the student will write a 150-word summary of a major source for an upcoming research paper by the end of the session.

Write down the goals on a sheet of paper and have the student keep track of it. Putting them in charge ofthe "goal tracker" gives them more responsibility for their ownimprovement.


Track the student’s progress: Create a chart that allows you and your student to assesshow well he or she is doing both in your sessions and in class. This chart caninclude entries for:

·        Quiz and test grades

·        Overall class grades

·        Achievement of the goals you set up together

·        Your evaluation of the student's effort

·        Your evaluation of the student's understanding of concepts

·        Celebrate improvement in qualitative assessments like gradeswith a lot of praise! If the student's grades aren't improving, but you see alot of effort, your chart will help keep him or her from getting discouraged.


Create the right environment

Arrange for a quiet place for your lesson, somewhere with nodistractions like television. You need to be able to sit alongside the student.Remember to bring all of the teaching materials you need – also bring extra stationery, just in case thestudent forgets to bring some of their own.

Prepare a Study Plan

Once you have established the problem areas, you can draft adetailed plan of what you want to cover, and how much time you need to covereach topic / sub-topic. Provide a copy to the student so they, too, knowthe pace at which they need to learn key concepts. This helps manageexpectations and remind them that Rome isn’t built in a day.

Make it interesting and fun

Nobody wants tutoring to be dull and boring. 

If you are teaching a humanities-based subject like history, whynot enlighten them with interesting information that they may never have knownabout historical figures. Sharing facts and interesting anecdotes may help makekey historical figures and events real.


Give your students breaks: The breaks should be no longer than 5 minutes.Working for long stretches time might wear them out and make them lose focus. A5-minute break is just enough time to refresh students without breaking stridein the work you're doing.

Give them homework

It never is too early to encourage students toprepare for the next session!

From the very first class, assign your student work that coversboth previously learned material and introduces them to the nexttopic. Whenever you can, try to make the homework as practical andengaging as you can. Try not to rely completely on text book-and-pen exerciseswhy not try interviews, film reviews and internetsearches?

Schedule the next lesson 

If the lesson went well, and the student is happy then youshould be looking to book follow on lessons. These will be easier to rememberif you keep the day, time and location the same.

It’s not uncommon to bill the student in advance of lessons, sofinally remember to let them know how much the lessons will cost and providethem with your bank details, so they can pay you direct.


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