One on one tutoring may seem enticing to some, but chances are you may have hesitations about it actually being worth it. Many students claim they have bad experiences with tutoring but maybe they just had a bad tutor. When selecting a tutor, it is integral to choose the right one for yourself. Each tutor is different, and has a different way of approaching and solving problems. Finding a tutor that fits your way of thinking is key to getting the most out of your tutoring sessions. Let’s break down how you can find the right tutor for you.
1. Quality Over Quantity
Each tutor has a specialty focus in what they’re able to teach. Some tutors may specialize in Algebra while others may specialize in AP English III. The important thing is finding one that matches the subject you need help in. It’s important to not make compromises with this first step. If you get the wrong tutor, who may not be qualified to tutor the subject you need help in, you could end up doing more harm then good.
The next step is getting to know your tutor a little bit better. Many tutors and tutoring websites will have a tutor’s qualifications listed under their scheduling or profile page. Take a minute to read through their bio and qualifications to really understand the tutor. Are they a teacher? Are they a college student? Finding the answers to these questions is important as it can drastically affect the quality of the tutoring session. In general, the more qualified the tutor, the better the experience will be.
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3. Personality Matters
In general, the first tutoring session is spent getting to know each other and understanding the goals for the student. Take the time to get to know your tutor during this time and don’t be afraid to schedule with a different tutor if your personality didn’t match. It’s important to note that you’re ultimately there for tutoring, not to make a friend. That being said, it’s important too, that you’re able to mesh well with your tutor. This aids in understanding the content being tutored as well as making it easier for you to stay motivated.
4. Don’t Be Afraid of Saying “I Don’t Get It”
Many students are afraid of saying “I don’t get it”. This mainly stems from the social pressure apparent in larger classrooms. It’s important to get over this hurdle with your tutor as this phrase is what will indicate where you’re having the most trouble in a lesson. In fact, it’s encouraged to say it whenever you truly don’t understand something so a tutor can focus more time on teaching that concept to you. It can be difficult to say at first, but as you become more comfortable with the tutor it becomes easier.
5. Stay Committed
Tutoring requires time, a LOT of time. While student progression varies depending on the student, tutoring will always take multiple sessions to nail down concepts that are difficult. It can even seem discouraging at times if you find yourself really stuck. Because of this, it’s even more important to stay committed to the lesson. I promise that once all is said and done, the benefit of sticking it out will outweigh the feeling of anxiety you have.
6. Ask Lots of Questions
You’re already on the right track with this one since you’ve made it this far. Chances are, you’ll have a lot of questions during your tutoring session. It’s important to not hold your tongue during this time, and ask as many questions you can. The more questions you can ask, the more understanding you’ll have of the concept and lesson being worked through. Your tutor will encourage this behavior as well, as it helps them better understand you and the concepts that you need help on.
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