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Must-do Practices and Attitudes at the Start of Tutoring
1.) Shed expectations - Knowing what to expect at the start of tutoring is normal. "Will my student like me?" is probably one of your first questions. A tutor can worry a lot about how the tutee/student will react to his personality. Unconditional acceptance is very important in this "knowing-each-other" phase. It means accepting other people, suspending hopes or expectations.
When you accept your student unconditionally you will clearly recognize his need/s. Tutoring exist not for your ego or your fulfillment. Shedding your expectations will help you overcome your fears. Approaching tutoring without expectations lets you view certain situations clearly - not clouded with emotions that mostly not real.
2.) Build empathy - Empathy differs from sympathy. Empathy is feeling for someone without necessarily approving for his actions. For example cheating, you do not have to approve cheating of a student but you can try to understand why he cheated. Was he unable to study because of distracting factors at home? By knowing the reason/s of his cheating, you can work with the student and talk about it.
Once the tutee realizes that you understand them and their situations from their perspectives, they will become more eager to work with you and more open to advice and suggestions. As a tutor, being a good listener signals to tutees that they are being understood. Therefore - empathy is fundamental to the development of a strong tutoring relationship.
3.) Practice patience - Each tutoring partnership is unique and you must need an infinite amount of patience to forge a connection between you and your tutee. Patience means being willing to wait, being understanding, tolerant, enduring to problems without complaint and or persevering in the face of adversity.
4.) Being observant and asking questions - You can learn a lot about your tutee just by observing his body language, clothing, stickers on his binders or bags By being observant, you can pick up many details about your tutee that can make his learning experience valuable. Being observant serves as a brick in building a successful tutoring experience.
5.) Treat your tutee as an equal - Interacting with your tutee/s as an equal requires all the attitudes and practices mentioned above. Although equal interaction at the beginning is not an easy task for you as tutor, it pays off as it signifies the beginning of a successful tutoring relationship. As a tutoring relationship grows, tutors are forced to face their own shortcomings. You must learn together with your tutee/s to foster a healthy learning experience.
From the first day of tutoring it is essential for a tutor to open an effective channel of communication. Tutors are on hand to lend answers to students not only about lessons. Tutors are also needed but their students to provide moral and emotional support to ferret out exactly what areas the student needs help in.
What would be a difficult phase between strangers can results to a rewarding relationship between a tutor and a tutee that have come to know and care about each other.
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