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Mistakes to Avoid During Tuition Sessions

Home Tuition in Singapore

The journey of being a tutor is not always going to be smooth sailing. There will be times that it’s filled with uncertainties and daunting to someone who is just starting out. Being a home tutor can be challenging, you have to make sure that you are a professional while also not coming off as stifling or too serious about your tuition sessions. This would make sure that your students can still enjoy your sessions.

However, if you are new, it can get confusing as to what would be best for you to do in this new journey. This is why we have gathered some tips on what not to do during your tuition sessions to avoid any mistakes.

1. Being too friendly with your students

It’s important to be approachable and personable when it comes to your students as it makes the lessons less awkward. It would also ensure that your students will be more inclined to open up and ask questions to you for clarifications. However, there can be times that tutors take being too friendly to the extreme and become too familiar with their students. This is all well and good, however, you don’t want that to take away the seriousness of the lesson that you also need to teach effectively.

So, what can you do to prevent this from happening while also making sure that you and your student are on good terms? It’s important to set ground rules and ensure that your student understands why you are there. It’s okay to talk about common interests and shared goals as it can help in building camaraderie but if it becomes the topic of the entire tuition session, hiring a home tutor in the first place would be moot. You are there to teach your student during your tuition sessions so that time should be used and maximized for that purpose. It also helps to remember to focus on the topic so that you can prevent your student from deviating from it.

2. Engaging in too many students at once

One perk of becoming a home tutor is that you can take on multiple students. This way, when you teach multiple students, you can also earn more income. However, too many students can also be overwhelming for you and unfair to your other students.

Many students engage in home tuition because it gives them personalized lessons based on their learning needs. If the home tutor takes on more students than they can handle this can be a problem for the tutor and their students. Tutors will not be able to give their full attention and effort to their students. Additionally, home tuition also requires for the tutor to come to their student’s homes. It will take time and effort to commute from one place to another while still making sure you have the lessons prepared for different students with different learning needs and styles.

If you are a new home tutor, refrain from overloading your schedule with tutoring sessions. Practice time management well and dedicate some time every week to prepare for your lessons for each student.

3. Coming to lessons unprepared

As mentioned above, it can be difficult when you come into the sessions unprepared so it’s very important to prepare your lessons beforehand. Tuition sessions usually last from an hour and a half to two hours, depending on what was agreed. This is only a short period of time considering the extent and depth of what you have to teach to your students. This means that every second of this time is precious and should be maximized.

Coming in with the entire session planned out helps in making sure that the time is used wisely. It also isn’t a very assuring message when the tutor decides to “wing it”. Students, especially those who are struggling, may already be quite hesitant so seeing their tutor not prepared for the lesson may cause them to be anxious about the effectiveness of the home tuition.

So, it’s important to set some time to properly prepare for your tuition sessions. Set some time to plan for every part of the lesson and how you can transition from one topic to the next. Additionally, you can also think of some extra activities in case your student finishes their tasks ahead of time. On the other hand, you can also plan a way to make it easier for them to complete their tasks if they are having trouble and using more time than necessary throughout the session.

4. Not being flexible in lessons

You may have heard tips from experienced tutors and some of them would say that you have to create a teaching plan and stick to it. This definitely helps as following a structured program can help make things move smoothly during tuition sessions. However, this doesn’t work for every student.

Although a structure is good in a way that it keeps things in order and motion, you also have to take into consideration that students have different learning needs, styles, and paces. A rigorous framework might not work for that particular learner, which would reduce the efficacy of the lecture.

Aside from making sure you know your student’s needs before creating a lesson plan for them, also make sure to leave buffers in your plans in case they have specific needs like for example if they need more time for examples to thoroughly understand the lesson or if they need a recap. Students engage in home tuition because it provides more tailored lesson plans for them and only following a rigidly structured one would defeat this.

5. Promising unreasonable results

As a new home tutor, it’s perfectly understandable that you want to impress your students as well as their parents. However, overestimating yourself and the situation can get you carried away by making unobtainable claims. Promising parents unreasonable results that you cannot deliver may paint you to be untrustworthy and unreliable. This will make them reconsider your service and may even give you less-than-positive feedback, which could also affect your next client.

Instead of giving them promises, focus on your strong points and consider the student’s abilities and motivation before setting goals. The tutor may be motivated to help the student reach the desired outcome but if the student isn’t as cooperative, there may also be a problem.

6. Being distant from the parents

As a new home tutor, it’s perfectly understandable that you want to impress your students as well as their parents. However, overestimating yourself and the situation can get you carried away by making unobtainable claims. Promising parents unreasonable results that you cannot deliver may paint you to be untrustworthy and unreliable. This will make them reconsider your service and may even give you less-than-positive feedback, which could also affect your next client.

Instead of giving them promises, focus on your strong points and consider the student’s abilities and motivation before setting goals. The tutor may be motivated to help the student reach the desired outcome but if the student isn’t as cooperative, there may also be a problem.

Carelle

Carelle

Carelle is a teacher who has been through the ups and downs of the teacher and learner life. She wishes for every learner to gain educational satisfaction that will help embody the people they want to be in the future.

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