Continued from yesterday's tutoring video post......
I watched this YouTube video yesterday called "Best Practices of Highly Effective Tutors" posted by SOHhighschool in Feb 2012 and this post is a continuation (Part 2) of the yesterday's post.
Part 2 (Last three minutes of the video)
Counterproductive: setting a rule and not enforcing it will set a bad precedent
Lesson learned: Set consistent rules and enforce rules that you set will create a 'no-excuses' tone for tutoring.
Counterproductive: spouting political (or religious) opinions can undermine parental trust
When my student asked me about my opinion related to a certain topic that may be sensitive, political or religious, I always kept it factual. The key is to stay on the topic and be objective instead of giving a speech and picking a side (political). Tutoring is not a platform for brainwashing students, so keep those opinions somewhere else.
Counterproductive: letting a student do nothing sets lax expectations
Yes! Constantly engage, review and set high expectations are important for your students. Here are some questions and statements I use:
- Let's see what else we can work on today?
- Can you please briefly walk me through what we covered last time?
- Did you get a chance to review or apply what you learned last week?
- We should have something to work on today, and of course after this session as well.
Lesson learned: Re-engaging students. Try and keep students productive during all sessions.
Counterproductive: students will have bad days, but do not let that be a pass to do nothing.
Sometimes students can be emotional because of breaking up, or getting bad grades, etc . This is a good opportunity for us tutors to build trust and provide tutoring support. When it happens, try the following:
- I am here to help you get through this subject at school.
- I am here to support you.
- I am here to help.
- What can we do to get through this tough time?
Lesson learned: Try to redirect frustration or emotion whenever you can.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with these statements (counterproductive and lesson learned) above?