How should a tutoring session go?

First Tutoring Session: Ten Top Tips Ask the right questions before the lesson. Dress to impress (but not to intimidate) and arrive on time.

How should a tutoring session go?

First Tutoring Session: Ten Top Tips Ask the right questions before the lesson. Dress to impress (but not to intimidate) and arrive on time. Introduce yourself and find out what your student's goals are. Explain how the sessions will work.

It is important that you set clear expectations with the student. The first tutoring session always scares both the student and the tutor, since they don't know each other yet. It's better to be too prepared, but not to do too much. The first lesson should be used to start a relationship with your student.

Try to make the lesson fun so that your student is looking forward to the next one. Oh, and keep your main goals simple. They should be achievable, simple and you should never have more than 2 or 3 in a single lesson. It's a good idea to “start” the topic of the lesson, but make sure you've reached the main part of your lesson plan no later than 15 minutes.

If your first tutoring session lasts an hour, you should spend about 15 minutes on the summary, towards the end. This will seal the theory in the student's brain and help them feel confident they have understood during the session. Before you start your first session with a new student, you should make sure you have a little information about your child. It is important to know their age, name, interests such as football, perhaps, and to have an idea of what they are fighting for.

This will help you plan your lesson and give you some ideas on how to break the ice in the first session. Many budding tutors avoid talking about their long-term vision for a student or for themselves as tutors. It may seem like your tutor is giving you lectures, but in reality your tutor is reviewing the methodology and processing strategies you can use to “unpack a question or task”. Initial tutoring sessions usually follow a standard agenda in which the tutor does a lot of work trying to diagnose your academic performance and determine your strengths and weaknesses, all while trying to establish a personal relationship.

Knowing what to expect in the initial tutoring session will make it less daunting, help you prepare, and ensure you get the most out of the initial tutoring session. Clark empowers tutors to launch and expand a profitable tutoring business, allows parents to track progress and take an active role in educating their children outside of the classroom, while simplifying session logistics for everyone involved. During the tutoring session, the tutor will review some tips and strategies on how to answer a question or approach a task. Your tutor needs to get an overview of you, how you frame your strengths and weaknesses in the course you are struggling with, in order to provide you with personalized mentoring that addresses your needs and that specifically targets your weaknesses.

Because a lot of mentoring is rapport based, having a positive first impression is essential to creating a successful mentoring situation. Some ways to show students that you are committed to being their tutor is to be on time and be available and present at all tutoring sessions. They own and operate the tutoring business they set up; their income is derived solely from mentoring. Like all industries, the world of mentoring is constantly evolving and it is essential that today's tutors avoid being left behind.

Lipa Bunton
Lipa Bunton

Future teacher-I hope! I am currently at university in England. I got into blogging during lockdown, which is when I became an online tutee too! I love blogging and love tutoring. I'm also a total maths geek. I've been tutoring GCSE students for a while, and this is a blog about GCSE tutoring.