A tutor is an instructor who gives home tuition and a private lesson to students who are struggling in subjects. If pupils are not able to solve questions from their books, tutors should not give answers right away but rather come up with a reasonable and understandable explanation as to how questions can be solved step by step. Whether you are an experienced tuition teacher or about to undertake your very first lesson, you want to make a positive first impression. The purpose of this blog post is to give you a brief idea of things you should do and don't while tutoring your student.
- Give the tutee your undivided attention. Be open, friendly and patient.
- Ask good probing questions instead of questions that can be answered with a “yes” or “no”.
- Have the tutee explain tuition assignments, ideas, concepts and summarize the tutoring sessions.
- Help your tutee discover and develop learning strategies effective for her/him.
- Be a role model. Always arrive on time for each session and be prepared
- Plan your tutoring sessions and review materials if necessary.
- Check if the tutee has a syllabus for the course being tutored. Ask questions and make sure the tutee understands the course requirements, professor’s expectations, grading policy and is aware of professor’s office hours.
- Make sure that your tutee actively participates in every stage of a session.
- Explain concepts clearly that students have difficulty understanding
- Use alternate methods and examples to explain content and help students understand
- Try to identify and accommodate the tutee’s preferred learning style when possible.
- Identify Student's weakness and strengths.
- Help students become more independent as they go along
- Do not do your tutee’s homework or other assignments.
- Do not try to be a therapist or a counsellor. You are not expected to solve all the problems of your tutee.
- Do not get frustrated or impatient if the tutee is not making the progress you are expecting.
- Do not make your tutee feel discouraged.
- Do not make decisions for the tutee.
- Do not concentrate only on weaknesses and forget to point out progress and improvement.
- Do not allow your tutee bring his/her friend(s) to the tutoring sessions.
- Do not speculate about the grade a paper will receive or should have received
- Do not lose sight of the ultimate goal of tutoring: the student’s academic independence