Helpful Tips For Your First Tuition LessonSo you’re beginning your tutoring journey, congratulations for getting the wheels in motion! We know this can be daunting, so we’ve got your back and compiled our top 10 tips on how to prepare for your first session;
1. Get to know your tutorThe tutor-student relationship is so important, and the first session is key to get an understanding of how well you can work together in order to achieve your goals. A lot of tutoring relies on rapport, and a great first impression is the best way to kick start this!
2. Let your tutor get to know youYour tutor will need to spend some time assessing your strengths and areas you need help with, don’t be nervous about this! Your tutor is asking questions in order to better understand how they can help you, the more they can understand your personality will help them create plans that are specific for you.
3. Discuss your optimal learning styleWe all have different ways to get the most out of what we are learning. Do you prefer to see concepts laid out in a visual way, or are you an avid reader? Communicating this with your tutor will help them create tasks and tools that gel with you, so you can best understand what you are learning.
4. Let your tutor know your expectationsTalk with your tutor about what you’re expecting to get out of your sessions. Communicating the reason you chose to get a tutor in the first place will help your tutor understand your overarching goals.
5. Set targets and SMART goalsSetting goals and targets are so important in understanding where you want to go, what actions you need to take and then eventually how far you have come. Goals should always be SMART.
- Specific – General targets can be helpful however specific targets will help you really figure out what you wish to achieve and assist you in creating precise goals
- Measurable – Your targets should always be quantifiable in some way, in order to help you clearly identify when you have hit them
- Achievable – a goal should challenge and motivate you but not be impossible, if you set your target too high it can cause unnecessary stress
- Realistic – Aiming for the stars is worthy goal however in learning setting impossible targets is not helpful, discuss with our tutor what is realistic for you
- Time-bound – deadlines can be stressful but they give us the incentive to get our work done.