A tutor is sometimes much more important than a teacher in the school though we can never undermine the importance of the later. This perspective is only on the basis that a student gets to have a much more individual space, attention and time from a tutor than a teacher. Also a tutor helps in better understanding of the respective subject and clarifies a student’s doubts in a more intricate way. Thus this is an interactive approach towards education and acts as an additional guidance to students of all merit levels aiding the weaker ones to catch up with the fast pace and the brilliant pupil to shine more.
Here we have discussed few tips and guidelines for those who have started tutoring recently or are thinking of taking up tutoring as a profession or just for the love of teaching.
It is always advisable to have a smart and productive style to profess your students instead of dragged and boring sessions to get effective results out of the sessions. A creative involvement always ensures more engrossed attention into any subject and also promotes a clearer comprehension of the same. Also you should always make it a point to make it more interactive as much as possible and give the student enough comfort zone to feel the freedom of asking their queries and doubts in an unhesitant manner no matter how trivial they might be.
The next thing to try and follow is to avoid long explanative lectures which may be more confusing and complicated. Instead, keep things focused and to the point which address the target zones to concentrate on and do not beat around the bush unnecessarily. You should also make a note to keep the energy level pepped up through your tutoring sessions so that the student or students don’t lose their enthusiasm and stay connected to your teaching and in turn the subject you are tutoring on. To maintain this, a positive showcase of thoughts and methods helps a lot. Mention and guide of how things can be done rather than telling how they won’t happen. Have a result oriented outlook and a non-punitive attitude to build a bond with your students. In addition to that, mix up your tasks in a balanced way with a combination of tough and easy problems.
Moreover, it should be a wholesome session to have the most effective output from your tutoring efforts hence it’s better to engage your students with reading, writing and speaking simultaneously as this would help in keeping up their interest and also to grab the lesson in the correct way. Lastly, asking questions and reviewing are two other important features of tutoring too. Asking questions help in the students’ understanding as well as your evaluation of the students’ skills and merit levels and also performance standards. Additionally, it helps you to assess your teaching techniques too in case you need to change your approach to help your students comprehend you better and in an easier way.