There is great satisfaction in being a home tutor. You get to watch your student improve and help them on the road toward success. You also get to know them and learn about their dreams and goals. However, there will always be a time for every home tutor to wonder if they are doing enough for their students or if they are actually effectively helping their students to reach their academic goals.
As a home tutor, it’s understandable that you would want your student to achieve their academic goals and to help them to the very best of your ability. But the question is how? There are many ways to do so but, in this article, we have gathered some tips to get you started in achieving better learning outcomes from your students that will in turn help them achieve their goals.
Always start with planning; it’s the most important phase. Even beyond tutoring, planning is considered the most important and first step towards anything. Students could feel bored and learn less effectively if you approach a class with the intention of just imparting the subject matter to them in a straightforward manner. Aside from being bored, if you are just “winging” it, they will also notice this and may come off as being unprepared for the lesson. Students also want their tutors to be more prepared in their lessons as they are putting their trust in you.
You must organize practical exercises that will make learning more enjoyable for your students. And you must show your students that you have prepared as much as they have for the lesson. Don’t come to tuition sessions empty-handed, you have to know what you need to teach your student and what learning outcomes you wish to see from them.
When it comes to lessons, time management is also essential. Due to the extremely constrained time allotted for tutoring sessions, minute-by-minute planning is essential. Calculate how long you think each task will take. Think over the strategy in your brain, anticipate unforeseen circumstances, and have fallback options. Remember that not everything will go according to what you have planned so it’s better to have a plan in case the first one falls through.
For instance, if you are short on time, you need to consider which portions of the lesson you may omit. The right number of breaks should also be included in a lesson plan to keep students on task and from being overstimulated.
It’s crucial to understand that regardless of how perfect your lesson plan is, you still need to account for the various learning preferences of your students. We are all aware that not all students learn the same way and what may work for one student doesn’t for another. This is why home tutoring is so popular because it provides a more customized approach to teaching that students may not get from classrooms.
Because every student learns in a unique way, it’s critical that you be adaptable in tailoring your session to meet their requirements. Remember that for visual learners your students may need diagrams, flow charts, and lots of illustrations to get your point across more effectively. Auditory learners thrive more when they hear clear verbal explanations as it helps them learn better. When a kinesthetic learner participates in hands-on activities, they learn better. They benefit from practical lessons where they can experiment with real objects. There are also some students who are more inclined to learn through reading theories, textbooks, or writing down notes. It would be more helpful for them if you print out notes as references for them.
With that being said, there is also not just one way for students to learn. Sometimes they are a mix of different kinds of learning styles. Utilize differentiated education by letting your students choose the learning strategy that works best for them.
Even after indulging in an engaging session, students might not be aware of what they have learned or how to put it to use. Before you start, it is a good idea to explain to your students the goals they will work toward. They would also already know what to expect from the lesson if a tutor does this.
Reiterate the learning objectives at the conclusion of the lesson to help the students put what they have learned into practice. In order for your students to know what they are doing at all times, you may also create a schedule. Because they can see when they need to pay attention and space out their attention spans, this helps students stay motivated to learn.
Every lesson should begin and end with a check-in on your students’ comprehension. Before and after the class, you can assess their level of comprehension to determine the pace you can teach at and identify any gaps you need to fill before the next lesson.
As a tutor, diagnosing your student’s prior knowledge is important to assess how they may perform using the methods you are thinking of implementing. Some tutors do diagnostic tests on their students while others may assess them by having them talk about what they know about the topic. Assessments during and after lessons can also help in making sure no stone has been left unturned and that the student is on their way to understanding the topic. You may also get their comments on how you could have taught the lesson better to make it more engaging and educational for them the following time by doing so after the class.
It’s crucial that you keep an eye out for lost or disengaged students during the lesson. Your planning and execution of the class may be for naught if your student is not paying close attention to you. Ask them whether they would prefer the activity to be more physically demanding if they are having trouble focusing. To ensure that they can do the tasks, make sure they pay close attention to your directions and comprehend them.
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