Being a home tutor may sound like easy work to some. After all, you get to work at your most convenient time as it lets you work part-time. You have more control of your time, especially if you are still working or studying to get your degree and diploma. Additionally, the pay is also not that bad as you get paid depending on your line of expertise, experience, and negotiation with your client. However, in truth, being a home tutor is no easy feat. There are a lot of things to consider in becoming one and not everyone has the patience to teach students, especially those who are struggling or need extra attention. This also means that as a home tutor, you also have the responsibility of keeping your students engaged in the lesson, even more so if they are known to have short attention spans.
As a tutor, it is vital for you to engage your student during your sessions. The aim is to spark students’ love for studying and make lessons easy to understand. It’s not a secret that many of the students who are engaging in home tutors are those that are having trouble understanding the lessons or topics they are learning in school. The purpose of additional tuition sessions for them is to help them comprehend the lessons better, teach them new ways to clarify their doubts, and for them to catch up to their peers.
Students are more inclined to take tuition as home tutors personalize their lessons according to a student’s learning needs, thus making sure their issues are thoroughly addressed. If you are a home tutor, there are also many ways for you to align your teaching styles to make those tuition sessions enjoyable and meaningful for both you and your student. Here are some styles of teaching and check out which style suits you in your upcoming tuition sessions.
Most authoritative styles place a strong emphasis on the teacher and involve little involvement from the students. This mostly occurs when the teacher teaches the student everything there is about the topic. It will mostly be lectures on topics and most of the information, if not all, will come from the teacher. The student will just have to listen to what their teacher is saying. This is mostly found in traditional classrooms with the teacher standing in front of their students during class and almost always only their voices can be heard throughout the duration of the lesson.
In home tuition, this can also be used as a tutor’s teaching style. Like in traditional classrooms, most of the information will come from the tutor and they will the one to speak at length with the student listening to them about the lesson. Given that the lectures will be lengthy and require them to memorize information, older students may find it simpler to stay up. These students are already more invested in what their tutor is saying so they can handle listening for long periods of time. The same can’t be said for younger students who are brimming with energy or those that have shorter attention spans. This style may not be effective for them as they will want to move around and they will have trouble staying put and listening to their tutor.
You’ll also observe that there will be less of a personal connection with your learner using this teaching method. Since the tutor speaks most of the time, the tuition will center around what they have to say and thus, making the student’s time to speak lesser. Tutors may not be able to get their students in ways if their tuition session is centered around the tutor.
However, the authoritative style isn’t so bad. Students who are really keen on learning or trying to enrich their knowledge may benefit from this teaching style.
If you have been to group tuitions or have taught some before then chances are you are also familiar with the delegator style of teaching. This is very common in group tuitions as it allows them to stay in small groups while still under the supervision of their tutor. However, unlike the authoritative style wherein the tutor will be the only one to teach, the students get ideas from one another. While the tutor takes a backseat, the students form groups to brainstorm answers.
With this method, students can learn fresh viewpoints or solutions from their peers. Students who are prone to get bored on their own will thrive in this kind of setting. As they will be with a small group of peers, they will have the time to move around and use their energy. Additionally, they will also get to bounce off ideas from one another which enables them to have a deeper understanding of the topic.
However, this teaching style may not suit students who are engaging in 1-to-1 tuition as they will have the session only with their home tutor.
The facilitator style may sound like a more modern approach to teaching but it is way more commonly used than you think. In this style, students are encouraged to take the steering wheel of the lesson. Tutors may come up with scenarios or cases for their students to work with and it will be up to their students how they will assess the problem and identify a solution. As students investigate and come up with ideas on their own, facilitator styles encourage increased student participation.
As the opposite of the authoritative style, the facilitator style is more student-focused. Instead of the tutor being the fountain of information, students are given the task to explore and find possible ways to solve problems. It is your responsibility as a tutor to develop lessons that encourage students to apply their critical thinking abilities to solve challenges. This teaching method encourages extensive self-learning. As such, students who are a lot more active can benefit from this since they wouldn’t need to stay in one place while they are doing their research. They can move around and explore even in real-world sceneries like the park, museums, etc. This approach can work for you if you wish to encourage creative thinking in your students rather than memorization of information.
Since they like to adapt their teaching methods to the needs and learning preferences of the students, many tutors take this strategy. We know that students learn differently from one another and some students may have more than one way to learn the best. In this case and to use this approach, you must be well acquainted with each of your students.
Additionally, you must be ready to develop additional remedial courses for students who may still have trouble understanding your lesson. There will be cases when you have to take a different approach if the one you are trying is simply not working for your student. However, the best thing about hybrid teaching is how inclusive it is because every student’s learning needs are taken into account. While the drawback of it is that you can get more exhausted than usual and students might get confused by the merging of so many different teaching methods.
There are many different teaching methods, but it is still impossible to say which is the most effective. Try out many styles and combine them to determine which suits you the best. And most importantly, make sure that whatever you adapt will be the one that will ultimately help your students achieve their academic goals.
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