What do students value most in a tutor?
Friendliness and Patience
Encouragement and confidence-building
Ability to explain challenging rules/ concepts/ vocabulary in new ways
Long-term, supportive relationship
Availability/ flexibility in scheduling
Preparing for a session
If possible, find out what the student wants to work on BEFORE you meet
Exchange contact info in case there is a last-minute cancellation
Choose a quiet, well-lit area
Bring pen/ pencil , notepad , other resources? (e.g., textbook?
When you meet for the first time
Get to know the student a bit (e.g. Why did you choose to study this course? How are you
feeling about it?)
Discuss their overall goals for working with a tutor
During the session
Sit next to (rather than across from) your student, so the two of you can work together
Ask questions and offer clues, rather than simply providing answers.
Give clear explanations and feed back .
Demonstrate HOW to do something, and then ask the client to re-teach you .
Make sure the student is the one actually doing the work (i .e. D on't just take over !)
Offer additional examples/ questions to “ quiz” the student
Aim for improvement and long-term growth—not perfection!
Ask for explanations of answers—particularly incorrect ones.
Observe and use nonverbal cues (body language, tone of voice, etc.)
Offer praise and encouragement, but without being phony
Acknowledge progress, even if there are stillstru ggles/ error s
Never ridicule incorrect answers
Share your own struggles and strategies , if the student seems frustrated
Be OK with not knowing
If a student asks a question you cannot answer, follow-u p later , or take some time to look it up online
Near the end Review main points