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Characteristics of Successful Tutors


Characteristics of Successful Tutors

Successful tutors:

  • Are on time and prepared.
  • Always find out your student’s strengths and weaknesses before starting the class.
  • Encourage the student to develop good examples/discover examples provided in the text.
  • Use questioning rather than answering strategies.
  • Are able to explain concepts from several different angles.
  • Eliminate the weaknesses and channelize the strengths.
  • Make learning fun for the student rather than intimidating.
  • Assess the student’s progress continuously and discuss the assessment with the student.
  • Involve the parents.
  • If one approach does not work, don’t give up. Try an alternate approach.
  • Insist on learning the basics really well before moving on.
  • Practice is the key to success. Do as many revisions as possible.

Successful Tutors DO NOT:

  • Expect the student to hear and remember everything they’ve said.
  • Say, “This is easy” or use any other phrase that might imply the student is not smart.
  • Put down or criticize the student or their abilities.
  • Start a session without understanding the student’s needs.
  • Go by the approach that worked best for you. Rather, go by the approach that best suits the student.
  • Intimidate the student. He has had enough stress at school. Try to be a friendly guide more than an instructor.
  • Get upset if you don’t get the desired results. Instead, motivate your student to get better.
  • Solve the problem or give the answer. The student should be holding the pencil.
  • Criticize a teacher or the assignment.
  • Go too fast.
  • Waste the student’s time talking about themselves.


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