A Complete Checklist before Joining a Tuition Job
- Aug 05, 2015
A tutor is a welcome respite from the typical classroom environment. Children learn more when they are exposed to one-on-one education accompanying their school routine.
Tutoring plays the perfect partner to classroom education, because it makes up for the aspects missed out in the latter.
However, the quest for becoming a good tutor falls short of two primary aspects:
- exercising certain precautions in filtering the genuine requirements from among the heap of incoming queries.
- presenting yourself appropriately in the role of an ideal tutor.
And these lead to making a bad judgment call.
Following is a checklist for you to refer to when it comes to locating and grabbing the right opportunities.
How to Safely Identify Authentic Student Requirements?
Even though we at LearnPick ensure that all student requirements are verified and completely genuine, you should never forget to do your bit in practicing precautions.
#1. Conduct a Skype Call: Once you connect with a student, it is your job to get to know him/her before finalizing the deal. What can be better than a Skype introduction? This way, you will get to do the initial check, while confirming the authenticity of your prospective tutees.
#2. Meet at a Public Place: Set up a meeting with your prospective tutee and his/her parents at a public place, like a coffee shop. This will ensure a proper introduction without you having to look over your shoulder all the time.
#3. Ask to See an Identification Document: It can be a driver's license, passport or any such document to validate the students' or his/her parents' identification. This can help you avoid a lot of scams.
#4. Run a Background Check: Once you have the details you need, you can ask around for verifying the information, for example, the school/college, residence locality, and so on. Or, you can avail a service that runs background checks for you.
#5. Do Not Give Out Personal Details: The initial communication should not include your personal details like home address, place of work, and so on. The exchange of information should be completely professional. And be alert to understand if any attempt is made at urging you to reveal personal details.
How to Present Yourself Perfectly to Get Employed as a Tutor?Your primary aim is to convince students and their parents that you are the right person for the job. But it becomes exceptionally difficult if you are new to this. Whether you are a newbie or a veteran, it is important to work on how to present yourself as the right tutor.
#1. Dress Your Part: Appearance matters. Be it a Skype call or a face-to-face interview, you should ensure that you are appropriately groomed. Wear a professional attire and look neat and organized.
#2. Talk in a Professional Way: Your personality reflects through the way you speak. And students or their parents can quickly form an opinion based on that. Make sure you select the words prudently enough to ensure that they hold enough accountability to qualify you as the right tutor.
#3. Maintain a Positive Body Language: Students need to know that they can trust you. Make them feel that way. Greet them, wear a warm smile, make eye contact while talking, watch your tone, ease out their worries, and so on.
#4. Let Them in on Your Tutoring Approach: To make a lasting impression, you can talk about your approach towards tutoring. Discuss thoroughly about it to clarify their doubts and questions, if any. This builds trust and increases employability.
#5. Do Not Overdo the Presentation Part: There's a fine line between making the cut and making it an overkill. Achieve that balance. Do not talk too much, let them speak too. And do not make it hard for them to choose you.
How to Be an Effective Tutor?Tutoring is the effective follow-up that completes the education cycle. To be the ideal tutor you always want to be, you need to load up on some good tutoring ammunition.
#1. Be Patient and Acknowledge: You would need to be patient through the baby steps they take towards a solution. This is because your student needs to feel that their attempts are not going unnoticed. For every effort they make, patience and acknowledgment need to follow.
#2. Make the Lessons Interesting: Spruce up your lessons by incorporating fun games or other tools that suit best. Break away from the convention and try out technology in your lessons. Encourage them, motivate them and inspire them with your methods.
#3. Start from the Basic: To make sure that your student understands you, you would need to start from the level they are comfortable in. Find out:
- his/her overall knowledge of the topic
- comprehension level
- ability to grasp a certain concept
Once you have this information, you would know exactly where to start.
#4. Do Not Take up the Role of an Instructor: A tutor's primary job is to help out students with the lessons and not teach them from the ground up. You will need to aid in the learning of your tutee and fill the gaps that his/her classroom education brings up.
#5. Do Not be Too Judgmental: Every student has different capabilities and different modes of learning. This doesn't make one better or worse than someone else, it only makes them unique. You would need to embrace that, instead of judging. When they turn out victorious, it is never in spite of their shortcomings, it is because of how they overcame those with your help.Ensure that you are following these tips to make your tutoring journey more fruitful.
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