Let’s face it! It takes more than just being an expert in your field to be a good tutor. I mean, in order to resourcefully transmit your knowledge and expertise to a student, it is not only necessary to explain, show and demonstrate, but also to identify their strengths and weaknesses, track their progress and also cultivate an aura that is friendly to the whole endeavor. To safeguard your reputation and deliver beyond expectations, here are a few essential tips on how to tutor so that you can start on the right footing.
Establish a good relationship
For the tutoring sessions to be efficient, it is inevitable that a good relationship be established between the tutor and the student. Often, this relationship is fostered quickly, but at other times, it may take a few sessions before the student opens up. The success of this relationship reveals the personalities of each of your students and also demonstrates your pedagogical and tutorial qualities.
Evaluate and understand the needs of a student
Once you are well acquainted with your student, take stock of their knowledge. When you first meet the student, start by assessing what they know so that you can prioritize what to teach during your tutoring sessions. To achieve this, ask the student what topics they are good at and also what they like about the subject you will be working on. Let them speak freely about the subject so that you can understand the extent of their knowledge. This way, the student/s will feel valued, they will take confidence in themselves and you will also get a better idea of their feats and its shortcomings.
Work together to set goals
After establishing the needs of the student, work together to identify and set both important and minor goals that can be achieved in a reasonable amount of time. By giving him the responsibility to move toward his goals, he/she will become more involved and ultimately register better progress. Write down the objectives on a sheet of paper so that the student can easily follow them. Once the goals have been set, center each session to cover a specific one. And before handling any of these goals, let them know in advance so that they can be physically and physiologically prepared.
Familiarize with the needs of the student
Even after setting goals, your student might burn out and get tired over time. Therefore, if they seem tired or in a bad mood during a session, do not hesitate to change your teaching habits to cheer them up. For instance, if it is a language course, you can occasionally suggest that they translate songs instead of conjugation exercises. You could also watch cartoons in that language and see if the student can follow the story coherently.
Adapt your teaching method to the student’s learning method
Not all children learn the same way. Some students work best alone while others learn better in a group or with a guide. Therefore, give them a chance to work and leaner in their way of preference and this will help them edge closer to their goals and realize significant progress.
Follow and track the progress of the student
Make a graph that allows you and the student to evaluate the progress they are making. This graph should contain information such as the overall performance of the student, their progress towards the goals you set, and an assessment of the student’s efforts. Celebrate the progress made by congratulating your student! If the student’s grades do not improve, but you notice significant effort on his part, the graph will help them recognize their efforts and avoid discouragement along the way.