I enjoy the unique, individual connection with each student. Finding out what each student loves, and doing my best to tailor activities around the things they naturally enjoy. The appreciation from parents and students when the student feels more confident, is obviously progressing and is happier at school.
- Classroom 2 years
- Tutoring 2 years
- MA (Hons)
What I believe makes a good Tutor:
I believe it’s important to attune to the students’ needs, visible and invisible.
The ability to balance leading and following. That is – directing the goals and methodology of the session, as well as following the student’s interests and needs as they arise. It is important to be able to change course ‘on a dime’.
In all cases, emanating loving support – inspiring and encouraging.
A good tutor never shames a student. Sometimes there are specific skills to be taught; sometimes the need is for an encouraging presence who sits alongside, building the student’s confidence and self-belief in his/her ability to accomplish the task at hand.
What are your top study tips for Students?
- It helps to tackle a task (especially one that seems too big) if you set a timer. Example: 10 minutes, 20 minutes or 30 minutes. Work in a focused way while the clock is ticking down. Stop as soon as the bell rings. Your brain will want to complete the task. It will be easier tomorrow to take the next step – again for a short, focused period of time.
- Imagine as you study that you must teach this to someone else. What are the essential things they would need to know?
What are your top study tips for Parents?
- Establish and consistently implement simple rules about study times with respect to other activities e.g. sports, TV, technology.
- Offer emotional support by being present during study time, even while doing other tasks. Be available to sit alongside, answer a question, help with research, if support is needed. Often physical presence somewhere nearby is all that is needed.