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Having a One on One Tutor Can Benefit Your Student

By Guest Author On March 12, 2011 Under Success Secrets

A one on one tutor can reach a  underachieving student like no other teacher can . Listed below are five methods that may assist a one on one tutor better reach students and help improve their grades .

1. THE STUDENT AS AN INDIVIDUAL
There are so many ways that a one on one tutor can teach their students. In the classroom setting , a teacher inevitably must deal with the class as a whole and, unfortunately sometimes , students may slip through the cracks. The most important aspect of the one on one tutor is its individual nature .

2. Positive Reinforcment
Using positive reinforcement is another tool that a one on one tutor has to offer . A student always loves to be told that they are smart and grasping  the material rather than being pushed into trying to learn it. receive this praise , the student will work even harder to understand the material .

3. MAKING THE SUBJECT ENJOYABLE
If a teacher/tutor can make what they are teaching enjoyable , it is much more likely that they will not only understand it, but they will actually work to deepen their understanding.
If the student looks forward to a tutoring session , he/she is much more likely to receive benefit from that class.  We all want to do activities that we love rather than those we don’t love . It is the responsibility of the person teaching , and even more that of the one on one tutor to make a subject fun .
The most important aspect of making a subject fun is to praise the student’s performance . When the student shows even a slight understanding of the material tell them , “Hey that’s great work !” from the tutor goes a long way .
On the other hand , a comment like, “That was a really stupid mistake,” can leave the pupil feeling that he/she may never fully understand what they are trying to learn . As a tutor, always try to praise your student even if you feel the praise is not entirely deserved.

4. STRATEGIES USING THE INTERESTS OF THE STUDENT
A teacher has the responsibility of looking for ways to make the subject interesting to a class. This can be very difficult as there are 20 pupils with 20 different interests. Fortunately , the one on one tutor can get to know his student as an individual and find his/her interests and then work on presenting the material in a way that builds on these interests.
For example, one way that math can be made interesting to many students is to look for real world applications. Of course, this works for most students but not for all of them.
When I was a kid it was the artfully beautiful proofs in math books which gained my interest. The real world applications were always boring. It is this strength of one on one tutoring that the tutor can assess the pupil and work on the best method for that particular individual .

5.HOW CAN A TUTOR FIND OUT WHAT INTERESTS HIS STUDENT?
First off, they should get rid of the formality of the classroom. Even with my younger students, I prefer that they call me by my first , “Les” rather than the more formal Mr. Belzer.
Second, simple questions about sports, hobbies, games, and computer activities can reveal a lot about the student . Show them that you are interested in his life and problems. If one is truly interested then a rapport is easy to establish.

Having a one on one tutor can have many benefits to the student. By applying the above methods , a tutor can encourage their student to enjoy what is being taught and activate in them  a want to augment their knowledge and therefore improve their grades.

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