How to be a good tutor


Arrange breaks


The break should last no more than 5 minutes. Work for a long time can be tiring, reducing concentration. A 5-minute break will be enough to encourage the learner, while not distracting from the learning process.


Adapt to the needs of the learner


You set goals, but sometimes young people get tired of work, as well as adults. If the learner seems tired or in a bad mood, do not be afraid to leave the plan to set moods a little. For example, if you are a foreign language tutor, we can listen and translate the song, instead of doing exercises on alliances in the sentence. You can watch a cartoon in this language to check how deeply the learner has understood the plot.


Adjust your teaching style to the learner’s learner style


Not all children learn in the same way. Some people find it easier to work alone, so give them time to finish the session on their own. Others may turn out to be more social learners, who understand the material better if you study all its complexities together.

Audials better understand verbal explanations, so discuss ideas with them. They need to independently speak the substance of the material, so be prepared to sit and listen.

Tactile learners need to work with their hands. Bring 3D models if you study anatomy, and make different organs of the human body.

Visual learners need graphic assistants. It can be pictures, tables or educational videos.


Complete each lesson so that the learner looks forward to the next


The end of the session does not mean that this is the “end” for this week. Clearly clarify the tasks for the next lesson. If you have done everything in the class, think of some other homework. If you plan to do the next lesson in a game form, make sure that the learner is looking forward to it.


Building Relationships


Build a trusting relationship with your learner


Your job is to help learners develop their potential. Therefore, you are not only a mentor, but also a friend, and a support group. Create a trusting relationship with learners, you can more effectively motivate them to succeed.

Talk about what feelings that this subject brings to the learner. Learners who fall behind in the classroom may feel embarrassed about this. Making progress, they will begin to feel more strength and pride. Encourage them in bad times and celebrate success with them.

Share your experience of failures and overcome them.

Learn about their hobbies to make the classes more interesting. Just equations and formulas can cause boredom, but if you, for example, turn it into a battle between dinosaurs, a learner who loves them, can take up the task with enthusiasm.


Study the learner’s communication style


Match the learner to his own style. If he is too shy, you can not ignore it! It may be easier for you to rewrite by e-mail during a break between classes if the learner has questions. Sometimes learners reluctantly ask questions personally, despite the fact that they may misunderstand something.


Come to each class in a good mood


Your learner will instantly become infected with your mood. If you seem tired and exhausted, he will adjust to the given tone. And, on the contrary, if you smile and shine with optimism each lesson, the learner will follow you and begin to try harder.


Behave more as a mentor, not as a teacher


Teachers and tutors have absolutely different roles. Teachers look after several learners at the same time and should play the role of authority, which carries knowledge. Tutors work one-on-one, speaking more as a “fellow in training” than authority. You only have one learner during class, so you do not need to give a lecture. Allow learners to monitor the learning process, helping them move towards their goals.

Ask a lot of questions. You don’t want to give a lecture to your learner. Instead, ask open-ended questions that will make him think and come to the answer himself.


Give the learner time to love the material


Despite the fact that you must direct the learner to achieve the goal, you should not be afraid of a little loosen control. If, in studying the Civil War, learner wants to spend more time not the most important but very dramatic battle, do not deny him that, even if it takes take the whole lesson. The tutor should encourage natural curiosity, and not oppress him. Growing enthusiasm will help in the subsequent training.


Directly communicate with parents and teachers


Without their help, you will not know what to emphasize your studies in order to help the learner succeed in class. This is especially important if you are dealing with small children. A high school learner can still offer the purpose of the subject, and a third-grade learner does not.

Contact parents and teachers and establish a regular schedule for communication.

You can talk to your parents every time they lead a learner to a new lesson.

You can agree to write an e-mail to the teacher every first Monday of the month, in order to have an idea of the learner’s progress at the lessons.



How to be a good tutor (Part 2)