What makes a good tutor?

I asked my clients what they liked about my tutoring and without exception they said that I gave them or their children confidence.

So many learners either lack confidence or need their confidence built up in a particular area.

So how do you build confidence? Be patient. Give time to process learning. Ensure that learners know that making mistakes is okay and a part of the process. Try different approaches. Give praise where due. Be professional in planning, assessing, marking (when appropriate) and in evaluating the learning. Build on strengths and don’t focus too much on ‘weakness’. Be friendly and approachable, build a rapport and a foundation of trust. I could go on.

Of course, there is so much more to being a good tutor: Subject knowledge, task appropriateness and preparation, organising files and resources, timeliness to name but a few. The key for anyone in this business is to aim to constantly improve, stay up to date whilst not forgetting ‘tried and tested’ and do it (as much as possible) with a smile on your face.

Happy learning!

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