What Makes a Good Tutor

What Makes a Good Tutor

Does it take good grades or sterling credentials to make a good tutor?

What traits are necessary so that someone will be able to become the tutor that any student will ever need?  Here are some questions to ask a tutor.

Let’s face it, each and every student who will get a tutor will have specific needs. Most of the time, a child needs a tutor so that he can keep up with the daily demands of a school life. He needs someone to guide him and help him understand his schoolwork.

Normally, for those who have passed schools with straight As, learning for them is almost automatic that they find it hard to comprehend why others can’t even seem to get simple instructions.¬† This may hinder them from becoming a good tutor.

So, what are the traits or characteristics that will make a good tutor?

As in everything, patience is a must.

It can be pretty hard to adjust to a student’s slow pace at times. If a tutor is not patient enough, they may tend to “help” the student by spoon-feeding him with answers to his assignments, and doing some tasks so that they can finish doing the homework. This is counter-productive, as students become overly dependent on the tutor.

The goal of having a tutor is so that there is someone working hand in hand with the student, and not someone working for them so that they can simply submit assignments and school projects.

A good tutor understands that perfectly. He knows that he requires adjusting his pace so that the student can keep up.

Having a sense of humor certainly, helps.

A good tutor will ease any tension a student feels about learning. Having a great sense of humor, and of course, a friendly personality certainly helps. This puts the student at ease and making him feel comfortable about opening up. This also helps increase a student’s confidence and self-esteem.

There may be questions in a student’s mind that need some answers, but then, he may just be too shy or afraid to ask because he has been rejected in the past.

An open relationship between a tutor and his student allows for a more interactive discussion where the students participate with confidence and ease.

A good tutor must have the skills to manage time effectively.

Let’s face it; a tutor have only about an hour or two to engage with his student. So learning to master time is a required skill unless he wouldn’t mind losing some time of his own. He must make sure that he arrives on time for the session, and all materials are properly prepared.

He must also be able to explain that to the student as well.

A good tutor will be able to interconnect important study skills so that they can use their time more effectively. He may also be able to use materials and other resources that can be easily understood by his student; thus, making each study session more productive.

Not all students are created equal, that’s a fact. But a good tutor will always know how to adjust to a student’s specific need so that he can present the lessons in a more engaging, fun and easy way.