Mastering Tutoring Professionalism
What does it mean by being someone’s “tutor”?
First, know the definition:
A tutor is a teacher who gives additional, special or remedial instructions and often privately.
Professionalism is about exhibiting professional character, behaviour and spirit.
To make it simple, here’s a list of how a tutor can exhibit professionalism (the points are not in any particular order, all are important!):
- Be punctual for all lessons and be well-prepared. (This very much applies to all professions and jobs..)
- Be reasonably well-dressed in appropriate attire. Ask the guardian/ parent if they are comfortable if you really, really need to.
- Be responsible and accountable. (Make sure you exchange contacts with guardian/parent and inform in advance of any unforeseen events if required)
- Always put yourself in the tutee’s/guardian’s/parent’s shoes and try your best to accomodate if necessary.
- Make sure you are available to help if necessary. Extend your help and you’ll be appreciated, especially in exam crunch time. Its all about imparting your knowledge, right?
- Remember to make lessons enriching, interesting and fun as much as possible!
- Communicate, communicate and communicate! Improve on your delivery of speech!!
- Discuss lesson curriculum planning with tutee. Keep the guardian/parents updated, always.
- In scoring As, its “No goals, no glory” not “No guts, no glory”. Hold goal setting sessions with your tutee! Set reasonable, attainable goals and paste it on the wall in front of the study desk!
- Analyse and know your tutee’s learning style and adapt your teaching style to suit it. Read our Tutoring Guide Series on more about this.
- Last but not least, know the above 10 points and you are on your way to master tutoring professionalism! =)
A point to note is that tutors could act as mentors too. Advice based on personal experience for example, on studying methods sharing and exam preparation techniques like mind mapping or memory-tagging system can certainly show how much you can make a difference in your tutee’s lives.
Make the extra mile to make lessons more fun, more enriching and more impactful to your tutee today!
Share the same traits as what is described above? You might want to know more about tutoring via ConsultAtutor.com!
If you are an educator or a parent, you probably would have wondered at times what is the “correct key” that fits into the “lock” that each child holds. Finding it is crucial for the child’s development since no one child is the same. Being able to identify various types of “locks” for different type of children and choosing the “correct key” is a skill that takes effort and a little bit of ingenuity.
To make things simpler, you ought to know more about different learning styles and personality types that are generally attributed to brain dominance. A good educator knows this and always try to identify and work with the style suited to that particular student. In addition, she chooses the right tools that could ignite the flame of learning in the student and motivates him to improve.
Well, you could probably have heard of left or right brain dominance but how about whole brain? A very good model created by William “Ned” Hermann commonly known as “The Whole Brain Model” is widely used in various organisations including corporations and educational institutions, it models the way our brain functions in four different systems with four preferred styles:
A Quadrant: Analytical thinking.
- Key word: logical, factual, critical, technical and quantitative.
- Preferred activities: collecting data, listening to informational lectures, reading textbooks. Judging ideas based on facts, criteria and logical reasoning.
- B Quadrant: Sequential thinking.
- Key word: conservative, structured, organised, detailed, and planned.
- Preferred activities: following directions, repetitive detailed homework problems, time management and schedules.
- C Quadrant: Interpersonal thinking
- Key word: kinesthetic, emotional, spiritual, sensory, feeling.
- Preferred activities: listening to and sharing ideas, looking for personal meaning, sensory input, and group study.
- D Quadrant: Imaginative thinking.
- Key word: Visual, holistic, intuitive, innovative, and conceptual.
- Preferred activities: Looking at the big picture, taking initiative, simulations (what if questions), visual aids. Appreciate beauty of a problem, brainstorming.
- “The Whole Brain Model”
If you would like to know more, here is a very good research article on the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) or “The Whole Brain Model”. Start exploring if you haven’t!
Ever been puzzled over how tower cranes that you often see keep going up? Or you just can’t find an appropriate explanation to your child’s question when she bugs you for an answer as you stroll past a construction site with her?
Fret not anymore. Here’s a video (below) with amazing 3D Computer Aided Design graphics that you can show to your child to know more about how this Tower Crane is amazingly designed and used to build the flats or apartments that we live in. It probably could answer your childhood question that you haven’t been able to after so long!
And, if you are a ConsultAtutor 1-to-1 personal home tutor teaching Primary Science or Upper Secondary Physics, you can probably think of a way to make lessons on Forces, Moments etc. more interesting with such “real-life” visual learning in 3D. Bridging a link between theory and practical applications in real life scenarios does give students/tutees greater impetus to explore the topics they are learning in school and in tutorials.
Have fun and enjoy the cool video!