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12 Ways to Assist Your Tutor

Sometimes we need extra help in an academic area and we hire a tutor. What is the ultimate goal? To raise your grade of course. 

We know the tutor’s job is to help to teach tips and tools that will raise your grade. But what is your job as the client and/or the student? 

As some of my readers may know, i have a tutoring business, and as a tutor there are some things that i really want clients and students to understand.

For clarification: 

The client is the person who pays for the services. 

The student is the person who is being tutored.

Here are 10 ways to assist your tutor below.

1. Be Honest Up Front

Does the student have a learning disability? ADHD? A behavioral disorder? Anxiety or depression? A brain injury? Anything that could possibly affect their learning?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should let your tutor know. These disorders are more common than you think. Knowing this may help your tutor adjust their practices.

For students with ADHD, I often let them fiddle or incorporate 10 – 30 second dance breaks. In the midst of learning a lesson, I may ask them a question about their favorite show, sports team or celebrity.

If a student has a learning disability (definitely), and even if they do not (sometimes), I may try different methods to see the way that they remember things best. Then once I find out how the student learns best, I will employ those methods and recommend how to practice at home.

2. PRACTICE!

Speaking of practice, this is the most important part in your tutoring arrangement, and it is assigned to the Student and Client (depending on the age of the student). Clients have to understand that their tutor is not a miracle worker. The tutor is there to identify the problem and teach and suggest solutions to solve the problem. 

However it is 100% up to the client and the student to practice.

I tell my clients constantly, there are 168 hours in a week. I typically see a student between 1-4 hours out of that week.  That is only 0.5%-2.4% of their week.

If they are not practicing anytime during the other 97.6%-99.5% of their time, the information is not going to stick.

I do not believe in building upon a shaky foundation so I do not move to more difficult skills until the skill before it has been mastered. That is how students fall further behind.

Without practice, the student will continue to fall further and further behind. Just ask Allen Iverson about practice (Lol!).

3. Come To The Session Prepared

When showing up to the session come prepared.

Bring your materials

Binder/Notebook

Notes

Homework

Flash Cards

Writing Utensils

Recent test scores

Etc.

Bring your A-game

Positive attitude

Willingness to learn

Willingness to take advice

Listening ears

Concentration tools (stress balls, fidget cubes, etc.)

And leave behind anything that will interrupt learning!

4. Stay Organized

Staying organized is important for the student and the tutor, but mostly for the student. Students need to be able to navigate through their notes effectively in order to study effectively. It’s impossible to study if you cannot find your notes.

During the session, student needs to be able to take notes in an organized way and needs to be able to locate previous notes in order to recall certain things.

5. Communicate Effectively

If something is not working, let your tutor know. If grades are not improving, let your tutor know. If you move to a new topic in school, let your tutor know. The tutor plays an active role in the student’s education, so he or she deserves to know what is going on with the student. Secrets about the students grades or progress will adversely affect the student.

6. Give Tutor Access to What is Required to Be Successful

I require my clients to get access to an inexpensive practice program. I require to also have the student’s login information.

I require this because with the program, I can see all the questions that the students answered (right and wrong) and how long the student practiced each day. With this information, I can draw patterns to the type of problems that the student consistently answers wrong and then alter the teaching method based on that information. I can also suggest increasing practice time if necessary.

I also require communication with the teacher and parents through email.

Some parents are leery about allowing communication with the teacher, though they will always be copied on the conversation. I require this so that the teacher can notify the parent and the tutor when the topic changes or if there seems to be a consistent problem in a particular area. If the teacher and tutor are both seeing the same problem, it could mean that it is time to try a different approach or study more. If the either the teacher or the student is seeing a problem that the other party is not, that could mean an issue that is not content related, such as test-taking anxiety or a focus related issue.

An open communication pathway between the teacher, parent, and tutor could reveal many things that will help the student progress.

7. Be Punctual and Consistent

Coming to tutoring consistently and on time will make a big difference. This goes back to practicing. If there is not consistent practice, the student will not improve.

9. Take Advice

The reason that you hire a tutor is usually because it is something that you cannot do yourself. If you were able to teach the student how to do it, you would not need the service. Therefore, it is important to take the tutor’s advice on how to improve. Usually the tutor will recommend a suggested amount of practice time, a suggested method for completing assignments, etc. You should implement all of the advice that the tutor gives.

10. Pay on time

Paying late will disrupt your tutor’s budget and may affect your tutoring slot. Consistent late payments will cause me to terminate the service.

11. Show and Encourage Respect

Make sure that you and your student show your tutor respect. A tutor is there to help. They are not there to be talked down to or be disrespected. Disrespect is the fastest way to lose my services.

 

12. Take Responsibility

The reason that you hire a tutor is usually because it is something that you cannot do yourself. If you were able to teach the student how to do it, you would not need the service. Therefore, it is important to take the tutor’s advice on how to improve. Usually the tutor will recommend a suggested amount of practice time, a suggested method for completing assignments, etc. You should implement all of the advice that the tutor gives.

Question of the Week

This Week's Answer

Question: What should you know before hiring a tutor?

Answer by Miguel, Blogger | Facebook
I would want to know is how many people have they tutored? And What is their tutoring style?

Answer by Misha, Tutor/Blogger | Facebook

Before hiring a tutor, it is important to know how the tutor define's his or her role in the student's education. As a tutor, I play a very active role in my student's education. I build connections with parents and teachers; I attend meetings; and I am very invested in my student's success. For this reason, my role is an educator, an encourager, and a liason between the student and the parent and teachers. I wear many hats and my work for your student extends beyond the one hour you are in the session with me.

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Final Thoughts

Hiring a tutor is a great step to improving academics. However, it does not stop there. You play a role in the tutoring process and you should absolutely recognize it, and take that role seriously.

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