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The first day of Tutoring - Sep 11, 2013
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The first day of Tutoring

by Vivek Singh | Sep 11, 2013

The first interaction with your student is important in establishing bonding as a mentor. The focus should be on creating successful atmosphere for tutoring sessions. During this session you should let the student understand that you are approachable and easy to understand person who is here to help them understanding the subject. As a tutor you might be interested to check these things out at first meeting with your student:

1. Exchange contact details. This includes each others name, phone number, cellphone number, email etc. If the student is not adult, don't forget to share this information with the student's parents/ guardians.

2. Don't focus much on the study plans on the first day. Work on building tutor-student relationship. This includes knowing each other's likes and dislikes, favorite subjects, topics of discussion, favorite games etc.

3. Once you both feel comfortable, ask some open ended questions like: why are you taking tuition? What kind of hurdles did you find in learning this subject? How the school teachers are teaching this subject? Last marks in this subject etc.

4. Discuss what the expectations from you are. You can also ask this question to the parents if the tutee is minor. This will help you to set your own goals.

5. Share your ideas with the student about high level study plans. Such as show him/ her attendance sheet, how both of them will fill it and share it with parents.

6. Discuss you expectation. Share your expectations that what you are looking from a student. This might include doing homework on time, asking more questions, joining the session on time etc.

7. Discuss about the way the student studies. e.g. do they do the practice of math questions on paper or just read the books. Do they underline in the books of write the notes in notebooks? Don't share your thought on very first day. Discuss the changes needed as the time passes.

8. Ask simple questions to the student. Make sure that questions are not too tough to answer and not too easy to measure the level of the student. Both should understand that what level of tutoring is needed. You can also share this information with the student's parents.

9. Apart from regular tutoring, also prepare for the special topics. These topics may be out of the study plan and even not related to the study such as sports, general knowledge etc.

10. In the end of session, ask the student who did he/she like the session. What else does she/ he need modification. If needed share with their parents too.

Now it's your turn. How was your experience at the first day of tutoring? Share in comment box below:.

About the author:
Vivek Singh is the founder and owner of BharatTutors. Founded in 2010, BharatTutors.com is one of the fastest growing online platform to connect students and tutors in India.
Author's BharatTutors profile link:http://www.bharattutors.com/index.php?dll=profile&item_id=0

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