- To be a successful tutor you must get to know your tutees. Gain a comfortable and friendly relationship with them whilst also allowing them to focus on the tasks you have set them. If your tutees lack any real connection with you, they are less likely to tell you when they are struggling and will find it harder to pick up any new knowledge.
- Having generic plans for each student may not always be effective so it’s important you add variety to your lessons. Making them more relatable to their lives will make it easier for them to pick up certain topics and remember them for longer.
- Avoid asking “yes” or “no” questions. Ask tutees to explain a process or method instead of simply asking them if they understand. This will help you gain a better understanding of their strong and weak areas in a given topic, resulting in you being able to correct the weak areas.
- It’s okay to admit you don’t know an answer. As a tutor you can’t be expected to know everything so admitting to a student that you’re not sure of an answer is perfectly fine. Try to find out the answer before the end of the current or next session. This will also help your tutee gain some confidence in your knowledge.
- Be patient. Some of the material may take some students a bit of time to pick up. If you must go over things more than once don’t be discouraged. Give students time to figure out the answer and give things a try. Each student will take different amounts of time to pick up content and the best thing you can do is give them time.
- Regularly praise your learners. Praising them appropriately will help build up their confidence to take on bigger tasks. Make sure you acknowledge what you are also praising them for.
- Display your excitement. If you see a tutee and you approach them with a lazy attitude it will also reflect on their learning. Being excited when you’re about to teach will set the tone for the rest of the lesson.
- Set long term and short term goals. This is a good way to measure progress and know whether the tutee is on track. It also helps them stay organised and remain focused on the set objectives.
- Respect your tutees privacy. You don’t want your learners to feel uncomfortable around you so allow them to get time to know you. Never ask them about their personal life or problems, only when they talk about it first. However, talking about their personal life should be mostly avoided to avoid any unhelpful situations.
Ask them questions. Turn questions back on your tutees to see how they would solve a problem and what are their go to methods. This can also help you adapt your teaching style to them.