What do students value most in a tutor?
- Encouragement and confidence building
- Ability to explain challenging rules/concepts/vocabulary in new ways
- Long-term, supportive relationship
- Availability / flexibility in scheduling
Preparing for a session:
- If possible, find out what the student wants to work on BEFORE you meet.
- Choose a quiet, well-lit area.
- Prepare pen/pencil, notepad, worksheets ahead of time.
- Minimize student waiting times.
Meeting the Student for the first time:
- Introduce yourself, but keep it professional.
- Get to know the student a bit (for example, Why are they here? What do they need help on most?)
- Get a feel for the students energy level, and learning style.
- Identify specific goals for that particular session.
During the session:
- Learn a bit about how things are going with the class and the assignment before “jumping in”
- Make sure student work matches the expectations for the assignment!!
- Ask questions and offer clues, rather than simply providing answers.
- Give clear explanations and feedback.
If you work for a school as a Tutor then you should also double check to see what policies or expectations they may have of you. It’s important you provide a professional demeanor for the school you work for.