A 1-on-1 tutoring program with a skilled home tutor can be an excellent way for a student to receive personalized attention and support than is normally given by a classroom teacher. A 1-on-1 tutoring program can become even more effective than traditional classroom style learning when the tutor takes into consideration the learning style of their students. Every student has his or her unique learning style, and a skilled home tutor will incorporate these learning styles into the tutoring session.
Some students are visual learners, they need to see the tutor communicate using body language and facial expression. They think in terms of pictures, videos and diagrams. Other students are auditory learners, and learn best through lectures, by listening or through discussion. Still other learners tend to be tactile/Kinesthetic type learners, preferring to actively learn by using a hands on approach.
When you begin a home tutoring program with a new student, begin by trying to discover what the strengths and weaknesses of a student are. Under what conditions does he or she learn best? Learning styles may not be obvious to a tutor at first, so try to talk to parents, teachers or even their friends.
There may be times when you are unable to help a student. You may not have the skills or knowledge to help the learner. In situations like these, be honest and up front and refer the student to a colleague or another specialist tutor who can help them. If you suspect a larger learning problem or disability, your best approach is to talk to learner or the parents involved and refer the student tot a specialist.
Some students need lots of encouragement. Learning is difficult, and some students may be unsuccessful. They need the home tutor to empathize, to be a positive role model, and to remind them that it's ok not to succeed all the time. Whatever learner you come across in a 1-to-1 tutoring program, try your best and don't expect perfection from yourself or your learner. A 1-to-1 tutoring program is as much a learning experience for the student as it is for the home tutor.
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