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How to Be a Good Tutor

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How to Be a Good Tutor

A tutor and a teacher are not exactly the same thing, and while the focus and end goals is the same, the way in which they approach it is vastly different.

In essence, both a teacher and a tutor have to teach and give the student the information that he or she needs in order to achieve a higher level of education than before, however the tutor has to have a different, more accessible and friendlier approach, making sure that he or she properly connects with the student. Read on to find out how to be a good tutor.

Plan Engaging Lessons

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You will have to prepare yourself properly before going off to tutor a student, but unlike a teacher, you will have to tailor the lesson that you are about to teach so that the student will find it engaging and fun.

This means mostly adapting it to a more relaxed rhythm and making the lesson resemble a game more than an actual lesson.

Speak Freely with Your Students

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Relating to a student can be difficult, mostly because students don’t usually respond well to strict and determining authority figures, so you will have to slowly shift away from that position.

The best way to do that is to express yourself freely when talking to the student, and while this might not be the most ethical thing, however it makes the student feel comfortable around you, thus earning both the respect and confidence of the student.

Adapt to Their Speed

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The biggest problem with education is the discrepancy between the learning speed of the student and the speed at which information is presented to him.

As a tutor, the best thing that you can do is pay close attention to your student, see what his learning speed and comprehension level is and adapt your style and lesson accordingly.

Encourage Your Students

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You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, and this is the scenario where this saying is most heavily applied.

If you directly encourage a student, making him believe in himself and his abilities, then the student himself will start pushing and trying harder and harder to become better.

Allow Free Expression

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While expressing yourself freely in front of the student can yield great results, it’s a waste of time if the student does not do the very same thing in front of you.

It will not happen immediately and you might have to give the student a couple of nudges in this direction, but when the student is confident enough to express himself freely in front of you, he becomes more receptive to your information and suggestions.

Being a tutor is actually a lot of fun, because you can interact and relate to your students on more leveled playing fields. You usually have to deal with 1 or 2 students at a time, so putting these tips into practice is a lot easier than with a class of 20 - 30.

As long as you get a good feel for what your students are capable of and can understand what their needs are, you will always be a successful and accomplished tutor.

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