Dos and don'ts of tutoring
From keeping pets at bay to encouraging effective feedback, this checklist reveals how to get the most out of your tutoring once you've chosen a tutor.
What to expect
- Do expect your tutor to have at least a basic plan and aims for what is to be covered in the session. The nature - and beauty - of tutoring is that it is flexible and adaptable to the requirements of your child, but the tutor should still be aware of what your child needs to cover.
- Don't sit in on the tutoring session as this can hinder a rapport developing between your child and the tutor. If you would like to listen to the session, leave the door ajar and try to remain out of sight.
Where to tutor
- Do find a quiet room or area of the house with a desk and enough space for your tutor and child to work. Make sure your child has any necessary equipment, such as pencil case, geometry set and relevant textbooks before the session begins, so precious time isn't wasted scrabbling around for things.
- Don't allow objects - either animate or inanimate - to distract your child during their tutoring session. Siblings should be kept away, and the door shut to prevent pets from intruding. Make sure mobile phones are switched off and out of sight, and noisy distractions such as TV or radio are kept to a minimum.
How to integrate tutoring with schooling
- Do encourage communication between the tutor and your child's teacher. This will ensure that the tutor is covering the right material and that techniques - especially in method-heavy subjects such as maths - are shared so that your child benefits from the right approaches.
- Don't ask for too much of the teacher's time at school. Remember he or she has a whole class to attend to, so cannot be expected to provide the same one-to-one attention as your child's tutor.
How to keep things on track
- Do ask your tutor for regular feedback, for example through written reports emailed to you. A scheduled monthly catch-up is also a good idea, so you can discuss your child's progress and the teaching plan for the month ahead.
- Don't expect detailed feedback after every session. Discuss with the tutor at the outset how you'd like to be kept informed about the tutoring, so you can communicate as effectively as possible.
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