Useful tips for those who decide to become a tutor
Many of us are able to teach other people. The desire to transfer knowledge usually encourages people to become teachers and work in schools or universities. But you can go the other way. For example, to become a private teacher.
A tutor is a rather free person. He has no wardens in the form of, say, a head teacher or a vice-rector. However, in this seemingly free-style and creative work, like tutoring. There are all sorts of nuances that should be taken into account and which need to be prepared, daring to train someone at home.
If you decide to become a tutor, you first need to place an ad.
Specify the area – so you will exclude obviously unsuitable customers. It is advisable to write your name in. Add a surname, and the level of confidence of potential customers will increase. It is also desirable to attach your own photo, rather than a picture of a schoolboy who has become sweaty from the zeal.
Now let’s figure out what you need to be prepared for when you undertake to help someone to study science. Even if this science is mathematics in primary school.
Immediately explain to the students’ parents that you are not a magician and you cannot instantly turn an ordinary child into an excellent student. Or maybe in a year you won’t scrape the four together, because a lot, but not everything depends on the teacher. It needs to be stated clearly so that there will be no complaints later. There are such people who sincerely believe: since they paid the money, it means they bought knowledge and good grades in school.
Not all students will like you. But you must like them, otherwise they will simply run away. Therefore, you will have to sweat in order to find an approach to each of them without showing negative emotions. Of course, to make a suggestion to the child, if he does not do his homework or is late, it is necessary, the main thing is not to overdo it. Do not humiliate the students, be friendly, joke, and they will answer the same.
Respect your work and the work of your students. And remember: it is sometimes harder to teach someone than to learn.
Always keep feedback with parents.
Even if, in your opinion, learning is proceeding smoothly, there is progress, parents may have a different opinion. In addition, it is not known that the child tells about you at home. Call, communicate, share ideas, praise or churn the child (however, express discontent very tactfully). In general, let your parents see or hear you. They should know that their money does not go into a mute void.
Prepare for classes diligently, make a plan. No need to rely on improvisation and your own pedagogical talent. In each case, discipline and consistency are important. In education, perhaps, especially. Do not worry that you may not know something, do not understand the question. Tell the student to clarify this point. Of course, do not forget to sort out the question afterwards.
If a student behaves badly – he whines, does not perform tasks, looks at his watch every two minutes, snaps and so on – say goodbye to him. No need to harass yourself. Why spoil the image? Politely explain to parents that the child may not yet be ready for individual lessons.
Schoolchildren, especially younger ones, cannot physically sit out an hour of classes, and even a tete-a-tete with a teacher. If the child, in general, responsible and quick-witted, at the end begins to yawn and slow down – reduce the time of the lesson. Be sure to inform your parents about this. They most likely will not mind. Accordingly, the payment will decrease, but for us the main thing is the result, not the money, isn’t it?
If after the lesson the student forgot to pay – do not hesitate to remind him. Do not think that he will bring next time. You never know: I forgot, I lost, I spent on nuts. And at home this may not be known.
Get ready for the fact that the schedule of your classes will constantly change.
You will have to adapt to the students. Moreover, pupils will be late or even skip classes, often without warning. It is advisable to remind you of a session the night before with a call or a message.
In tutoring, as in any other job, responsibility, diligence and focus on a good result are important. But, first of all, the teacher is a creative profession, sometimes devastating even a significant reserve of spiritual and physical strength.