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How Can I Prepare for a Private Tutoring Session?
You can start preparing for your sessions by finding out
, which can often help you plan how you will approach your tutoring sessions. what motivates your student on a personal level
Does your student have an intrinsic motivation for the subject, meaning they have a personal interest and really want to study something in particular?
This could be a student wanting to learn a new instrument or language for fun.
Or maybe your student is extrinsically motivated to learn – meaning that more external factors such as getting into a good university or getting a reward is what motivates them to study and succeed.
As a tutor, you will want to encourage an intrinsic motivation in your students. This can take time and patience,
but it could make all the difference to your student’s grades and academic performance.
A great home tutoring session requires lots of preparation. A student can only be as motivated as their teacher, so a
tutor needs to be enthusiastic and creative in their approach to each session.
If you have done your research and prepared appropriate resources, your student will find it easier to settle in and start learning.
You should start by doing some research on relevant texts, syllabuses and exam boards where necessary. A
sking your student before the session about any problem areas is a good way to get ready, giving you time to prepare a lesson and any resources.
If your student is preparing for entrance exams at university such as LNAT, MAT, BMAT, ELAT or MLAT, for example, preparation is more particular and might require wider research. Going to these lengths for your student could make all the difference and drive them to success.
Well-planned lessons based on your student’s weaknesses will let your student know that you listen and pay close attention to their needs. Communication is key to keeping your lessons appropriate and motivating your student.
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before starting your classes. legalities of working as a private tutor How Can I Provide a Successful Tutoring Session? Get creative with your lesson plans and resources. Source: Visualhunt By listening carefully and asking questions, you can put together great lessons that are tailored specifically to the student’s individual needs. In building up a relationship with your student, you will learn how they work best and what they need the most help with.
Remember that the subject you are teaching is the subject your student might find the most difficult – they might even really dislike it!
It’s your job, then, to get them to enjoy and excel in your area of expertise. As you’ve seen, preparation is key to getting the ball rolling and starting to teach your student. The main challenge you’ll face is keeping them interested and motivated to learn something that doesn’t come naturally to them. Although you don’t need any qualifications to become a private tutor, you need to have a passion in your subject, and have a flair for teaching. As an expert, you will be able to answer your student’s questions and encourage a wide knowledge – and interest – in your subject.
When tutoring students for exams, a good knowledge of their set texts and syllabuses is crucial. This might mean doing extra reading of primary and secondary texts in order to teach their curriculum well.
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If you don’t have much knowledge of what your student is learning, or you haven’t prepared an appropriate lesson plan or teaching strategy, it will show. If your student can see that you aren’t making much effort, or you aren’t teaching them as they need, then they will not be happy, and probably won’t book another session.
Your student might find school difficult, and the classroom environment might not suit their way of learning. For example,
they might find that their maths or science curriculum is taught too fast and they need to focus more attention on a particular area and catch up. Sometimes the classroom environment can be disconcerting. Source: Visualhunt
A great tutoring session will tune into the student’s individual way of learning, and focus on the areas that they find difficult. You might create some worksheets or use visual aids to teach these points.
Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback.
Ask your student how they found the session, and if they feel as though they understand the topic a bit more now. Ask if there is anything they want to go over again next time, or if there are any other problems that you should move on to.
You can also liaise with the parent to make sure they are happy with your services, and if there is anything they feel needs adjusting or extra focus.
There are a few simple steps to making every lesson successful: Get to know your student Set clear objectives and have realistic expectations of what can be achieved Create a calm and positive environment for your student Offer a variety of learning techniques Give positive, constructive feedback and praise Encourage an intrinsic motivation in your student
If you follow these steps, your tutoring sessions are guaranteed to be fun and motivating for your student.
Personalising your teaching methods and using a variety of activities encourage an interest from your student and can change negative attitudes towards difficult subjects.
To a certain extent, you can put your student in the driver’s seat. You can let them dictate the content of the session, and allow them to show you what they need from you.
Giving them control of how and what they learn will spark interest and fuel their incentive to persevere.
It is also a good idea to set goals with your student. This might mean aiming for an A grade in an upcoming exam, for example. Setting high but realistic goals will show your student that you have faith in them, and will give them confidence.
What Kind of Resources Can I Use to Motivate my Students?
Many students find that the traditional school classroom is not a helpful learning environment.
Endless sheets and PowerPoints can be dull and difficult, and repel students further from their subjects.
It’s important, then, that you use your flair and passion for teaching to transform your student’s experience of the subjects they find tricky. As a tutor, you will be creative, encouraging and thoughtful in your approach to teaching.
This will mean finding new ways to teach. Your student might not know yet how they learn best, but, as the expert, you can find out.
Trialling various methods, such as worksheets, visual aids, videos and memory aids will help both of you learn what works best.
Although it’s good to know the syllabus and textbook content, you don’t have to be imprisoned by it! Teach in a way that you know is successful, and will give your student the best learning experience.
There are ample resources to explore and use in your sessions. YouTube videos, games, songs, problem-solving, and practise tests are just a few of the options you can look at.
As long as it’s age appropriate, you can show your student how fun and exciting your subject can be.
As an online tutor, other online resources are useful to give your student an expansive home tuition service when you cannot work one to one in person.
For example, if you are a French tutor teaching your student French conjugations or a science tutor the stages of cell division in biology,
you might find a song or rhyme to work as a memory aid for your student.
Use a variety of activities and teaching methods to motivate your students. Source: Flickr
You might put together the perfect essay-writing guide to help your students with structure, writing technique and proofreading skills.
When tutoring science subjects, you might be able to conduct small experiments in your home, or put together material models, that can help your student visualise what they are learning and maximise their understanding.
Catching on quickly to their way of learning will keep your student interested and motivated to keep moving towards success. Make note of what your student enjoys and what helps them to best understand the topic.
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