What do the best tutors do? 🙋‍♀️

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Listen carefully, be calm, explore ideas, navigate assessment tasks and cheer on your student

The best tutors have solid subject knowledge 🤩

It is important for you to have a thorough understanding of the subject or subjects you are tutoring in. This includes having a deep knowledge of the subject matter and being able to explain concepts clearly and accurately.

The best tutors build strong relationships 🤝

Building strong relationships with your students is an important part of being an effective tutor. Here are a few tips for building strong relationships with your students:

  1. Show genuine interest in your students: Take the time to get to know your students and what they are interested in. Showing genuine interest in your students helps to build trust and rapport.
  2. Be a good listener: Pay attention to what your students have to say and listen actively. This helps to build trust and shows your students that you value their thoughts and opinions.
  3. Be flexible and adaptable: Every student is different, and it's important to be flexible and adaptable in your approach to tutoring. This may involve adjusting your teaching style or finding new ways to explain concepts.
  4. Be patient and understanding: Tutoring can be challenging at times, and it's important to be patient and understanding with your students. This helps to create a positive and supportive learning environment.
  5. Be reliable and consistent: Show up to your sessions on time and be consistent in your approach to tutoring. This helps to build trust and establish a sense of reliability with your students.

The best tutors prepare for lessons 📅

As a tutor, it is important to take the time to properly prepare for each lesson. Proper preparation can help you to be more effective in your tutoring and can lead to better learning outcomes for your students. Here are a few reasons why preparing for lessons is important:

  1. You can better understand the material: By taking the time to review and understand the material beforehand, you can be more confident in your ability to explain concepts to your students. This can help you to better answer their questions and provide more effective support.
  2. Make the most of key learning strategies: By reflecting on the key strategies of retrieval practice, interleaving and spaced repetition before lessons you can prepare exercises to optimise learning.
  3. You can tailor your lessons to your students' needs: By reviewing the material beforehand, you can identify areas where your students may struggle and adjust your lessons accordingly. This can help you to better meet the needs of your students and make your tutoring more effective.
  4. You can save time during the lesson: By coming to the lesson prepared, you can focus on teaching and supporting your students rather than trying to figure out what to cover. This can save you time during the lesson and allow you to make the most of your time with your students.
  5. You can build trust with your students: Showing up to the lesson prepared and ready to teach shows your students that you take your job seriously and are committed to helping them succeed. This can help to build trust and establish a positive relationship with your students.
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