Tutors may face many challenges with tutoring their students, especially if the student is demotivated, has been struggling in school for a long time, is using illegal drugs, is forced to do tutoring session by their parents, etc. There are certain tutoring methods and strategies tutors can use to overcome these tutoring challenges.
- Build a good relationship rapport with the student on your first tutoring session. Get to know your student, their likes and dislikes, and their home and school life. Be empathetic and gentle, rather than coming across as interrogative. Tell your student about yourself, your tutoring experience, background, likes and dislikes as well. Kids love stories.
- Set S.M.A.R.T goals for tutoring sessions and what the student wants to achieve. They may need your help or encouragement on getting their goals on paper, so be prepared to guide them. Make the student take ownership and feel that they are in charge of their learning. Kids want to feel independent and lead their own learning.
- Make sure that kids really do understand what’s going on in their course. Sometimes they will not admit they have no clue. Tutors should not ask students if they understand, instead test the student to ensure they are getting the concepts in their tutoring session. This feedback system is an important successful tutoring tool.
- In your teachings, remember that the more you tell them, the less they actually learn. Be sure to create a balance between lecturing and problem solving.
- Be positive but don’t sugarcoat your feedback. Be honest, but deliver it in a kind way. Make sure your tutoring feedback reflects something that the student can actually change – for example, more practice, better focus, etc. If there is something they cannot change then don’t mention it to them, instead talk to their parents.
- Start with simpler topics and once the student masters those concepts move to more difficult ones. Build their confidence through positive talk and praise.
- If you have tips on how they could improve their study skills or habits, such as keeping an organized binder or getting enough sleep at night let them know. Many times improved study skills and learning habits improves students’ effort, focus, and attitude.
- If you know your student is using drugs do not start lecturing them about the damage it will cause to their brains and life. Instead go online and show them pictures of brains that have been damaged through drug use. Speak with the student’s parents about your concern.
There is no cookie-cutter way of tutoring. Every child is unique and thus it is up to the tutor to adapt to different personalities. There are many great books and online resources on tutoring and how to be a great tutor. The common denominator with all top tutors is that they genuinely care about their students.
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