1. Develop rapport with the student
Getting to know the student personally increases the comfort level between the student and the tutor. Students learn best if they develop a sense of respect and admiration for the tutor and viewing him or her as a person, rather than just a business professional.
2. Create a lesson outline for each session
Utilize every moment of the session. Nothing seems more unprofessional than an unorganized tutor with numerous gaps in the delivery of his or her instruction. Keep the flow of instruction with guided lessons and more-than-enough practice problems. Prepare yourself in order to anticipate questions that the student may have and that you will have multiple ways of demonstrating a concept. Do not overwhelm the student with multiple concepts. Hone in on their weaknesses and work to increase their confidence level.
3. Do your research on the curriculum
Knowing your student’s grade level and subject is very critical. Students who need tutoring are most likely suffering from a weak foundation and need that assistance to play “catch up” in their studies. Knowing the curriculum helps tremendously by filling in missing key elements that will help prepare the student for current and upcoming lessons in school.
4. Patience is a virtue
One of the biggest failures in tutoring is the tutor’s lack of patience. Allow the student time to master a skill with practice. Although time is critical, spending a considerable amount of time instructing on one concept is better than having to review the concept at a later time. Give praise to the student often for their accomplishment. They may not be receiving these accolades during school or even at home.
5. Preparation is important
Always prepare for the unexpected. Supply the student with plenty of notebook paper, scratch paper, a calculator, sharpened pencils, pens, coursework, etc. Never assume that the student will be prepared with such materials.