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Tutoring Tips For New Tutors

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As the pressure increases on school children to achieve better results in the high school exams in order to get into the universities, more parents will consider hiring private tutors to increase their children’s chances to success. Being a private tutor can be rewarding, however there are somethings that you should know before you start. From regulations, to planning, preparation, marketing and pricing. If you are interested in being a private tutor, the tutoring tips below will help you get started.

As a private tutor, you will tutor school age children (secondary and sometimes primary) on a one to one basis, usually for 30 minutes or an hour at a time, so your task is to prepare activities and exercises for them that will hold their interest.

Many parents hire a tutor because they want their children to achieve particular grades in school. These are the most common activities that you will be asked to do.

  • Homework help (involving a specific task, it can also be improvement in writing performance)
  • Exam preparation (study past exam papers, helping students to understand the exam structure, etc)
  • General tutoring to improve students overall performance

As an experienced student yourself, you may have knowledge of different tactics for helping students improve their performance in homework or exams. However, if you are not familiar with the course work, you will need to find out which exam boards their school works with and learn what the requirements are as well as the syllabus. In this case, you can use the internet to coach yourself on the requirements of each board. There is also plenty of teaching materials available online, which saves you time when preparing lessons, such as past exam papers.

The other thing that you should know is what the student and their parents are trying to achieve. Tutoring is very lucrative but it is also a responsibility as you will be judged on your results (such as whether the student improves their grades). Sometimes other factors can prevent this improvement from happening, so you should engage them in an open discussion from the start, and mention to the parents that there are no guarantees.

Get to know the student and expectations. Prepare a list of questions to ask parents and student about their child’s learning style, such as, does the student learn better by seeing, reading or doing? Also ask about what their expectations are during the sessions and what topics they want to concentrate on. To be a good tutor, you will need to assess a student’s needs and strengths so you know where to begin.

Building a learning plan around those strengths and needs is very important too. You should consider giving students an assessment during the first lesson to evaluate their skills and understanding of particular subject. You can then personalise a study/ revision plan for getting the student where they need to be.

Regulations Tips

According to Kids Guardian, anyone who works face-to-face with child must have a Working With Children Check clearance (or a completed application in progress), unless they qualify for an exemption. It does not matter whether they are paid, volunteering or self- employed.

This includes:

  • au pairs and nannies (except privately arranged babysitting)
  • tutors
  • sporting coaches
  • music teachers

Tutoring Session Tips

1. Making the student feel comfortable – Get to know your student by talking to them. Ask the student about their interests, favourite sports etc. Smile when talking to the student as this helps building the student’s confidence.

2. Customising your session – During the course of tutoring, you could relate content of the tutoring lesson to your own experiences.

3. Encouragement – Provide appropriate praise when the student answers a question correctly or being able to solve a problem.


Author: Sim K


Sim K


1 thought on “Tutoring Tips For New Tutors

  1. I’m thinking of starting tutoring, and this article has really helped me understand what would be expected of me. I especially like your tip to know what the student and their parents are trying to achieve. I can see how it would be important to make expectations clear at the start so that your customer is happy with the product they receive. Thanks for all the information!

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