Offering one-to-one tuition can help students to gain a better grasp of their subject, whether it involves calculus or the English Reformation. But if you are tutoring a student on a subject matter that is very close to your heart, how can you stay focused and make sure that your student derives the most benefit from the one-to-one tutoring session?
It is easy for tutors to get carried away and overwhelm their students with all they know on the subject that is under consideration. However, it is best for tutors to step back and look at the individual needs of their students during one-to-one tutoring sessions. What does the student already know? What do they need to know to fill in the gaps? Brainstorming a subject is a good revision tool to start off with. Encourage your student to use a blank sheet of paper to jot down as much information as they can about their subject from memory and then review what they have written down. Use this as a basis for the lesson by broadening their knowledge base and understanding.
One way for tutors to stay on task during a one-to-one tutoring session is to narrow the subject down. For example, if you will be offering tuition on the Reformation, it is important to break the subject down, as the Reformation is a very broad subject matter that encompasses the English Reformation, Protestant Reformation, Counter-Reformation and much more. By narrowing the focus down, you will be less likely to get carried away and provide too much information to your student that is not relevant to them. Look at what your student needs to know and plan lessons around your student’s particular needs.
Efficient Use of Time
Tutors must make efficient use of their time and the time of their students, otherwise they risk wasting valuable time. If you find it difficult to stay focused, draw up a detailed lesson plan, including what you plan to teach during each lesson, how long each segment will take and then endeavour to stick closely to it.
Staying focused during a one-to-one tutoring session can be problematic for tutors as well as students, as it is easy to veer off course and provide too much information for a student that is not necessary. But by tailoring lessons to the individual needs of the student, narrowing the subject matter down and making good use of your time and the time of your student, you will be much more successful in staying focused during a one-to-one tutoring session.