Each student is unique, and different students have different needs and preferences when it comes to learning. Our Twisted Tutors are well aware of this, so they always come prepared with a variety of teaching strategies to ensure that every learner receives a lesson that works for them. This post will outline some of the most effective tutoring techniques we use with students every day.
4. Build Confidence by Encouraging Mistakes
Traditional schooling rewards students with good grades when they answer questions correctly, but it punishes them with poor grades when they answer questions incorrectly. This often results in students lacking the confidence to take a chance and make a mistake for fear of receiving a low grade. In turn, these same students become less likely to ask for help when they don’t understand something, and the institution in which they are meant to be learning ends up teaching them nothing.
Our Twisted Tutors know that encouraging students to make mistakes is a great way to promote learning, and they allow students to become comfortable with making mistakes and asking questions. Tutoring is a low-pressure environment where students don’t need to fear poor grades or frustrated teachers, and this allows students to build the confidence required to become lovers of learning.
Our Twisted Tutors relate the journey of learning to the process required to create a movie; a movie requires many takes before the final product is released, and each “miss-take” is essential in developing a masterpiece.
3. Listening is an Effective Tutoring Technique
As valuable as it is for a student to listen to their tutor, it is equally valuable for a tutor to listen to their student. Open dialogue allows a student to hear their thoughts out loud, strengthening their understanding of the subject they are studying. If a student can successfully teach what they have learned back to their tutor, it proves that they have achieved a high level of comprehension, and this is exactly what our Twisted Tutors strive for.
Listening is an especially effective tutoring technique for those students who function best as auditory learners. As beneficial as it is for auditory learners to receive information with their ears, it’s even more important for them to say it out loud themselves. Learn more about the different learning styles by clicking here!
2. Healthy Relationships Make Healthy Students
The best tutors make sure to build strong relationships with the students they teach. When a tutor shows genuine interest in a student and learns about their personal preferences and goals, a mutual trust and respect is born. It becomes easier for the tutor to relate the subject matter to things the student actually cares about, and the student will thrive as a result. Our Twisted Tutors strive to learn as much from their students as their students learn from them, and this has proven to be a successful approach to tutoring. Click here to learn more about the difference our Twisted Tutors can make in your student’s life!
1. Patience is Key
As previously mentioned, every student is different. It’s important to remember that a particular tutoring technique might work well for one student, but have no effect for another. That’s why our Twisted Tutors exercise patience in all they do.
When a student doesn’t understand a concept, it’s up to the tutor to remain calm and approach the situation from a fresh new angle. This is one of the main differences between school and tutoring. When a student can’t connect to the subject matter in school, it’s up to the student to figure out how to grasp it. With tutoring, it’s the tutor’s responsibility to find the best way to teach the student, and this always leads to success.
We Pride Ourselves on Using Effective Tutoring Techniques
At Tutoring…With a Twist*, our Twisted Tutors ensure they are always using the best strategy to teach your student. If you would like to see what the “twist” can do for your student, make sure to contact us!
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