Recently we’ve compiled 5 tips to marketing yourself as a tutor and 5 tips to set up an A+ tutoring session. Now we’re looking at the bread and butter of being a tutor: actually hosting the tutoring session.
Here we’ve got 5 tips to conduct a top-notch tutoring session, to help you reach your full potential as a tutor.
Aim to get to the tutoring location early
There’s nothing worse than running in 5 minutes late, frantically unpacking your stuff while simultaneously trying to start your tutoring session. Aim to get to the agreed-upon location 10-15 minutes early so you have time to get set up and maybe take a deep breath or two before your student arrives.
Review your agenda for the session
In our last blog we suggested that you send your students a schedule for the session ahead of time, so you can set reasonable expectations for what both of you will cover. It’s a good idea to review this schedule again at the very start of the session to make sure that nothing’s changed and the student is okay with the topics you’ve chosen to focus on.
It’s okay if you’re not sure about a question
You may feel a lot of pressure to have all the answers – isn’t that what you’re being paid for? But it would be a disservice to your student to pretend that you know something if you’re not 100 per cent sure.
If you ever come across a question that you don’t know the answer to, don’t be afraid to tell your student that you’re not 100 per cent certain on what the answer is. Tell them you’ll look into it after the session, and then make sure to follow up when you do know the answer.
Don’t be afraid to ask the class professor what the correct answer is, or maybe a TA – these people are a great resource for the course!
Get the student to teach you
It may be tempting to just explain a concept to a student and just follow up with a “did you understand that?” question every few minutes, but this might not be the best way to see if the student really understands the topic.
Instead, try switching it around. Have the student explain the topic to you, and be sure to ask questions if they skip over some areas or don’t seem too sure of what they’re talking about. This way, you’ll really be able to see the areas the two of you need to focus on, making a more productive session for your student.
Save 5 minutes at the end of the session for a proper wrap-up
Make sure you leave time at the end of the session for any last minute questions.
We’ll cover this more on next week’s blog – stay tuned!