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How to Tutor: A Comprehensive Guide Based on Science & Literature

Everything you need to know to become an elite private tutor.
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OUR VISION

At Evolutionary Tutors, our vision is to help each student in Australia realise their potential through connecting them with the BEST tutors in their local area. This is the reason we exist! Our goal is to be one of Australia’s most successful tutoring companies by 2022.

The most crucial step to achieving our vision is to recruit the greatest tutors around Australia and arm them with the tools and skills to help students achieve their dream academic goals and prepare them for life after high school. This Guide is just one of the resources we have created for you to help you on your way! We also have a pool of past HSC notes for all tutors to use and contribute to, and are currently looking into what other materials we can create.

As we are always looking for input on how we can improve, if you have any suggestions at any time, we want to hear from you!

This guide will answer two interrelated questions: How do students learn, and how can you use this knowledge to become an excellent tutor?

Let’s begin with a little exercise.

I want you to close your eyes for a few minutes and think about your favourite teachers from high school.What did they do that made them so great? What was it about their personality or their teaching techniques? Go on, close your eyes and have a think. Then write down a few words or phrases that come to mind.

Once you’ve done that, think about the worst teachers you had in high school. What did they do that made them so terrible?What could they have done to improve? Write some thoughts down about this too.

Done?

Great!

Now you have a scaffold of a Great Tutor, the type of tutor you should aim towards, and a Bad Tutor they type of tutor you should try not to be. This is a helpful understanding to have as you embark on your journey as an Evolutionary Tutor.

As you read through this Guide you will develop a significant understanding of the techniques you can use to maximise your students’ marks, and help them on their trajectory towards both academic and personal success. After you complete each chapter,think about how you can develop your descriptions of both the “Great” and “Bad”tutors to help you further!

⚠ WARNING: we will be quizzing you at the end of each chapter, so please pay attention 😉.

Now, let’s get started.

What is your WHY?

At Evolutionary Tutors, we’re on a mission to help every student across Australia realise their potential through connecting them with the best tutors in their local area. Realising potential not only means helping students to achieve awesome marks in their HSC/VCE, but also to figure out what university degrees or jobs they might like to do, and how they can maximise their personal strengths to contribute to society.

To do this, we need to make sure that Evolutionary Tutors has the BEST tutors, and we have asked you to join our team because we think that YOU have the potential to be one of them!

So we ask you to think carefully about the following: Why do you want to be a tutor?

If you cannot answer this question in your head with clarity, or if you are doing it solely for the money, then we suggest you don’t proceed with the rest of this training. We’re only looking for people that truly want to make a difference to the lives of students across Australia. Unless you can understand why you are taking this job, you won’t fully appreciate the trust that students have in you to help them along their academic journey.

To be a great tutor, you must think about how your student thinks. When you’re in a lesson, put yourself in their shoes. Why do they do what they do, and what motivates them? Ask questions, such as: 1. What interests you? 2. What are you aiming for? (goal setting) 3. What problems do you see in the world, and what steps and/or knowledge will you need to solve them in the future? This last question is particularly important to ask if a student asks you for career advice.

We want to work with the best and brightest tutors across Australia,to help us breed a generation of students that are critical thinkers, problem solvers and innovators – because that is what the world needs!

Being a great tutor starts with asking why.