A parent recently said he would have never made it through school without his tutor. He was not a poor student by any means; he actually graduated near the top of his class from a very prestigious school and went on to a top notch college. When I asked him why his tutor was essential to his education, what he said was memorable
“she knew how I learned and was able to teach me to see things in a different way, different than how the teachers at school were teaching me.”
Every child learns in a different way. Some take a little more time to pick up the information being taught at school while others need a challenge. Tutors are vital to the educational process because they go beyond the attention given to a student in a regular classroom setting. A good tutor provides a sense of competency to their students, encourages higher level thinking, re-teaches material as needed in a non-threatening environment, teaches to one’s learning style, is knowledgeable about the content material, provides empathy to the student, is an excellent resource to the parents, and coordinates with the child’s teacher.
When looking for a person to work with your child you should look for the following characteristics:
- Enjoys working with children and can establish good rapport with the child.
- A person who is patient, kind, understanding and fair.
- The ability to teach alternative methods to solving a problem and making necessary accommodations.
- The ability to see what needs to be done to help the child and to initiate a plan of action.
- A good communicator who easily talks to the parent and teacher.
- Reliability as a worker: Punctual, dependable, steady.
When you decide to give your child the best chance at early success with tutoring, be sure you’re selecting someone who has more than just subject matter knowledge; someone who has the ability and track record to reach your child in a meaningful and lasting way.