Last week we compiled 5 tips to marketing yourself as a tutor. But once you’ve got a whole slew of customers, how do you keep them coming back?
Here we’ve got 5 tips to set up an A+ tutoring session, to help you reach your full potential as a tutor.
As soon as you book the session, ask for specific topics to cover.
This one might seem obvious, but it’s surprising how many tutors wait until the session starts to ask what the student wants to review. By asking ahead of time the particular topics the student is concerned about you’ll have time to review and remember what helped you understand those topics when you were learning about them yourself.
Ask about anything coming up that the student is worried about
It’s so easy to get lost in the massive pile of lecture notes and readings, but don’t forget about the assignments, projects, and tests that are coming up. As a great peer tutor, it would be incredibly helpful to your tutees to help keep them on track in preparing for these other things coming up.
Idea: Use the first fifteen minutes of your session as a rapid-fire review. Everything the class has covered up until that point is fair game. This way, you’re already helping the student prep for any upcoming midterm or test – and by doing it at the beginning of the session you ensure it won’t get pushed aside for a lesson that’s going long.
Reach out to professors
Professors are here to help their students learn, and by extension, you’re supporting them in that goal. If you’re tutoring a student in their class, reach out to let them know (keep the student’s name anonymous of course unless they’ve given you their permission to tell the professor they’re seeking a tutor).
Ask the professor what sorts of topics they notice students struggle in the most, what topics the upcoming midterms and tests will cover, and if they have past examples of these tests you and your student can practice off of. These resources will be a huge help when you’re helping your student prep for everything the semester has in store.
Prep some exercises
Simply reading through the lecture slides or textbook with your student might not be the best way to get them to understand what you’re both studying. Spend a little bit of time researching other ways to teach the topic and plan to include those in your session. Maybe you’ll find an awesome YouTube video that really illustrates the key concepts (review the whole video to make sure it’s correct though), maybe you put together a few worksheets, maybe you can put together an activity that will make the dry material more fun (ie. staging a dramatic reading of a case study or a court transcript).
Set clear expectations for the session.
You’re not going to be able to cover everything the three hour-lecture did in just an hour, plus leave time for exam review and prep work for any upcoming assignment. Once you’ve asked the student what they’re most concerned about, send them a rough outline of what the session will cover and get their feedback.
A rough outline may look like:
15 mins – review for midterm
30 mins – study the electron transport chain
10 mins – sketch out skeleton for upcoming report
5 mins – wrap up