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Being a great Tutor - 10 top tips by Colleen

These are my top 10 tips - Colleen Caldwell.

Be honest. This helps to establish rapport and trust, the two most critical elements to a successful tutoring relationship.

Be flexible. This means being willing to adjust techniques and approaches to meet the learning styles of the student.

Be patient. What is obvious or easy for you may not be so for your student. Be aware of your body language.

Be a good listener. Learn to pick up clues in your student's speech. That will enable you to understand how they is really feeling. A good listener does not dominate the conversation!

Be professional. Always be professional with confidential information and sensitive to your students concerns.

Be willing to share your own experiences. By sharing information about what you have encountered, the student may feel relieved that they are not alone. Sharing experiences and lessons learned goes a long way toward building trust and support. It also helps the student build self-confidence.

Be a collaborator. The tutor-student relationship should be viewed as a partnership.

Teach the student how to learn. As a tutor your ultimate goal is to help the student become an independent learner.

Be confident. You were chosen for qualities that enable you to be a good tutor and role model. However, having confidence also means having the courage to admit you don't know an answer. Be honest with your student; tell her you'll need to do your homework and then follow through. They may actually feel better knowing you're not perfect (and it is a great opportunity to teach learning skills)


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