Make the Most of Your Skills through Private Tutoring
Do you have the desire to impart your passion for a subject with an inquiring young mind? If you do, becoming a private tutor might be the perfect fit for you.
There are so many kids out there in school right now struggling, wishing that they understood the concepts that were being covered in their music lessons, math classes and French tutorials (to name just a few). For many students, it’s hard to get up the courage to continually ask questions because they might feel intimidated in front of their teacher or the other students. So, they might just stay quiet, and with this silence, they get more and more lost as the class goes on. Before they know it, they’re failing the class and they feel frustrated, confused, and disappointed in themselves.
Unfortunately, this is a frequent scene in classrooms nowadays. But, it doesn’t have to be. With the availability of private tutors, students can begin to engage with the subject that is causing them difficulty and start understanding the concepts that have once confused them.
What are the top traits that a tutor needs to help students excel?
1. Know your subject well. This is a given, but it’s the most important thing when it comes to being a home tutor. You need to know the ins and outs of the subject your teaching and be able to creatively teach it so the student can understand and apply it. Even if you think you know everything there is to know on a certain subject, continue to study up, practice honing your skills, and maintain an edge in the subject area so you are sharp and ready to answer any question that a student might throw your way.
2. Patience, kindness, and empathy. These three things are crucial when working with students that are struggling. Put yourself in their shoes. They’re feeling stressed out, pressured to bring home a good grade, and maybe even threatened by other students and their ability to catch on faster than them. Be kind and sympathetic to their situation and work hard to build rapport with them. With patience comes trust. The more patient you are with them, the more they will open up to you and trust you with questions.
3. Be a good listener. When you first start tutoring with a student, find out first what the student knows and doesn’t know. By isolating what the real problem is, you can build on what the student already understands to help them better grasp the overall subject. Good listening skills are important in any occupation, but when it comes to one-on-one tutoring, the student will not only feel heard, but a relationship will be built between the two of you.
Being a tutor is an opportunity to build a life-long relationship with a student. Being creative with your style of teaching – tailored to each student that you’re working with – is a central part of connecting with a student. Finding ways to work with different learning styles can be challenging at first, but once you figure it out, your students will learn how to apply their newfound knowledge and be excited to do so.
When you see the light bulb turn on in a student’s head, there is really no other feeling like it. Tutoring is truly a rewarding job and one that will give students the skills they need to grow up and be successful in a competitive world. So, don’t wait. Make the most of your skills and talents and help students tap into their hidden potential.
Tom Channell represents a leading UK based tutoring organization First Tutors. They offer private tutoring for all ages and subjects.