Chapter 8: Understand Different Types of Students 💡

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The High Achieving Student, the Self-Confident Student, and the Disengaged Student

Understanding the type of student you are tutoring will help you decide how to structure your lessons to consistently provide value. We have broadly categorised students into 3 types - the High Achieving Student (HAS), the Self-Confident Student (SCS), and the Disengaged Student (DS). 

Theory to Application Ratio

In order to learn, students need to understand the Theory of a topic and then Apply that theory through practice questions and problem solving. Therefore your lessons will generally be divided into a Theory component and an Application component. When you understand the type of student you are working with, you can best gauge the most effective Theory: Application ratio for your lessons. 

Open the PDF below to learn about the 3 different types of students you may connect with.


‍Lesson Frequency

Weekly lessons are most effective in helping students build confidence and competence across time without stressing themselves (and their tutors) out at the last minute. Some students may be eager and willing to commit to weekly lessons (e.g. HAS student), while others may find it more challenging (e.g DS student). As a tutor, you are best able to provide value by supporting your students to commit to consistent weekly lessons. 

When you are matched with a new student, you undertake the responsibility of supporting them throughout the academic school year. Having a mindset of long term support helps you establish the appropriate level of communication to build strong relationships.  A simple and efficient way to guide your student towards consistent lessons is asking the following questions at the end of each lesson:

  • Before we finish up, do you have any questions on what we’ve covered today?
  • Would you like a lesson next week?
  • Does the same time work for you? If Yes - "Great I’ll see you then!"; If Not Sure / No - "No problem, feel free to reach out to me via text/ email if you need any further help with [subject]."
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