“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ― Søren Kierkegaard
A good tutor has a good understanding of the subject they are teaching. They are able to communicate their knowledge to their respective students. In order to obtain these qualities, I must fully understand the subject I am teaching. I also must be able to communicate with the students effectively. There are different methods of teaching things, and I have to find the method that is most effective for the student.
I think a good tutor is comfortable with the subject that they are teaching in. Confidence is key. It is important to ask the students questions and make them think. If the student does not understand the material one way then try an alternate method of teaching or explaining until the student understands it.
It is also important to remain engaged and genuine because the student you are tutoring can read your body language. The student is most likely being tutored in a subject they struggle in, therefore If you are not interested in the subject it shows them that it is not important to care. On the other hand, if you remain engaged and interested in their subject then it may shift their opinion on the subject.
A good tutor is confidence in what they are teaching. They are able to clearly communicate with students about the subject. A successful tutor should know the correct method for a student to learn the material.
To better serve as a tutor, I need to stay engaged and active in what I am discussing with a student. Keeping the student engaged is also very important. Finding the right method for them to understand the material is important. Hopefully, I can help a student enjoy a subject.
A good tutor need patience. When I was younger and in high school I had tutors for various subjects and for SAT prep. I found that the only way to actually learn the material was if the tutor was patient with me and let me figure it out by myself.
By guiding our students and putting them in the right direction, we can hopefully succeed as good tutors. To obtain these skills we have to activity teach our students and also learn to wait for them to fully understand.
I think a good tutor is one that listens and tries to understand the problem. A good tutor is also one that helps the child learn for themself, and doesn't just tell them the answer. Ways to achieve this are getting to know the child's academic strengths and weaknesses and then helping to teach about the weaknesses while complementing the strengths!
Patience is key when it comes to tutoring high school students. People learn at all different speeds; so it is important to adjust to the students habits. At the same time, in order for the student to learn, they must be able to do things on their own. It is equally as important to show the student how to do something, or talk them through it, rather than simply do the problem for them.
Bringing your own study habits and study tips could really benefit the student. At the same time, reminding the student that it is okay if the concept is not coming easily right now and that this is why we're here: to help. As tutors, we have to understand and remind the students that we were once in their position. Keeping up with the material and keeping a positive attitude could really go a long way!
There are, to me, at least, three outstanding qualities everyone should have if they are building relationships. Interestingly enough, these three qualities also refer to that of being a good tutor: empathy, vulnerability, and understanding.
Empathy: I have to know from where one has come. For many of my encounters with my close friends and building strong relationships, I have noticed that what appears to be is not always what it actually is. Furthermore, it is not up to me to pass judgment on others; shoot, I bet I was just confused at one point in time and expected people to understand me...so I should be able to do the same.
Vulnerability: For my friends and my tutees, I find that the more that I am honest and open to growth in the relationship, the more they are willing to join the journey of growth with me. From experience, relationships are never a one-way-road...at least good ones aren't...so I have to put in work if I want to see results.
Understanding: One will never build a strong relationship not based on understanding. Understanding goes hand-in-hand with empathy, except understanding is the legitimate know-how. I had a friend who told me that she had an invisible illness. After listening to her story, I walked to my dorm and I Wikipedia-ed that jon. I wanted to truly understand the place from which my friend was coming. For me, it is one thing to know of something, and it is another to actually know something (kind of like with people on this campus: you know of them, but do you know-know them...).
To obtain these qualities, very simply put, I have to put in the work to get my desired result. It isn't a one-way-road; I must work hard, and I must play hard.
I think one of the most important qualities in being a good tutor is patience. Just like our teachers have had patience in the past with us, we must have patience with the Cristo Rey students. Even if some concept comes easy to us, it may not come as easy to another person and it is important to understand that. I think the process is also very important. As tutors, we can't just give a student the answer and call it a day. Helping them to understand the process of a problem will do them more good in the long run.
In order to be a good tutor you must be flexible. Not every student learns the same way, so you need to be able to adapt quickly to each student's personal needs.
I do my best to do this by listening to the students I tutor. If you make them explain exactly why they don't understand you can help more than simply reteaching everything. I also think it's important to develop a personal relationship with your students. If a student isn't comfortable with you they won't be as willing to learn from you. I accomplish this by starting off every tutoring session by asking my student about how their week went and try to get them to open up to me. Trust is very important for a successful student/tutor relationship.
A good tutor must have a good understanding of the subject matter, they should also have great listing skills since it's hard, to near impossible, to actually tutor someone if you don't know what they actually need help within the subject matter.Patience is also really important in tutors since it could take a while for someone to understand something you already know well.
To help me become a better tutor and to have these qualities I'm going to have work hard and put in all my effort while actively tutoring so that all of my attention is focused on the tutoring session and nothing else.
A good tutor has to have a good understanding of the topic that they are helping to teach as well as have the patience to help out the students. Also a good tutor has to be able to connect well with the students in order to reach out to them. Each student has a different way of learning and a tutor has to learn the best way to get through to each student.
To help me become a better tutor I have to be able to listen to each student in order to me to know what it is that they are having trouble with. Also making sure to ask questions along the way to make sure that they fully understand what I'm trying to teach them. Another thing that I have to make sure is that I put my time and focus entirely on the student as to make sure that I'm truly helping them.
I agree with a number of other people: a good tutor must know and be confident in the subject he or she is tutoring. A good tutor needs to be patient, especially if a student is not getting the subject right away; and the three qualities Shawn mentioned -- empathy, vulnerability, and understanding -- are very important a well. They are imperative to becoming not just becoming a better tutor, but also a better person overall. One more quality I would like to add is humility -- knowing you can help out, but also knowing you are not better than another person. At a leadership conference I attended, one of the things we discussed is the importance of being vulnerable and humble as a leader, because it is when we tear down our walls that we are able to make connections. As tutors, we are leaders for these students. Therefore, it is important to make connections with whomever you are tutoring.
It's hard to pinpoint exactly what makes a 'good' tutor, because different kids require a different skill set. Some may be quieter and need some pushing to be vocal about what they're having problems with, while others may be quite effervescent and need pulling back. However, a few qualities are overall useful in tutoring. Having patience, understanding, and kindness are three characteristics I think are important to have.
All three of these attributes are acquired through a positive attitude towards life; patience through waiting for certain things to happens, understanding for when they don't, and kindness to continue smiling regardless. Interacting with the general population helps to build these attributes, and that includes service at CRJ.
In my experience – having tutored students at the grade school which I attended, a few friends at college, and now high school students at Cristo Rey – quite possibly the most important quality a tutor must possess is that of clear communicative ability. I've frequently encountered students who are definitely capable of understanding the pertinent material, yet don't – usually because the way that they are introduced to it is difficult to relate to their life. What I've sought to do in my tutoring is to attempt to gain an understanding of how each student sees their world and subsequently communicate the material to them in a way that they'll be more likely to understand.
However, communication requires the transformation of abstract thought into clear, intelligible speech – something with which I tend to have trouble (at least in the presence of people with whom I am unfamiliar). I get nervous, flustered, and a little frustrated, causing me to stutter and trip over my words. My improvement in this regard is typically student-dependent; when I encounter a student who is receptive to my initial efforts, my speech improves – likewise, when I encounter a student who is *not* receptive to my efforts (an unpleasant experience if there ever was one), my speech gets worse. It's difficult for me to say how exactly I can improve myself here; after all, my service is always requested based on my proficiency in a given subject, not on my tutoring ability.
The qualities that make a good tutor are patience, understanding, and competence. A good tutor has to be patient with the people he/she is helping, and keep trying to explain the assignment or helping them in whatever way is best until they better understand the material. Understanding is another key in being a good tutor. A tutor should try to connect with the person that she is tutoring and be able to better understand them both as a student and as a person. Finally, competence is an important skill for a tutor, because the tutor should try to have enough knowledge to be able to be helpful to the student. It is important to be fully engaged when dealing with the student, and be fully committed to helping them. If this is the case, then it will be easier for the tutor to cultivate the qualities needed to better serve.
Qualities of a good tutor are persistence, patience, and understanding. It is important to motivate the student to continue working at something even if he is struggling with the material. A tutor must be persistent and encouraging and provide positive reinforcement so the student is motivated to learn. A tutor must also be patient because learning new material is difficult and a tutor cannot get frustrated with a student. Lastly a tutor must be understanding, not all knowledge is common knowledge. Some kids have great foundations in subjects while others don't have as in depth of knowledge.
Reflection will help me to obtain these qualities and serve better. I must reflect on what works with tutoring and what doesn't. Then I must implement the techniques that work well.
Letter To Yourself
Qualities Of A Good Tutor