Have you noticed your student is struggling with a particular school subject? OR your once extremely school motivated student has started becoming bored and disinterested in school? Do you want to help them feel more confident and comfortable in their studies? Tutoring can be a great way to help your student overcome educational hurdles or help an advanced student receive additional challenges. Some students however may view tutoring as an intimidating chore, which could lead to frustration and disinterest. There are many strategies to ensure a successful and positive tutoring experience for your student. Here at I Can Academy we want your child to succeed in every way possible, which is why we have “I Can” statements that reflect our passion for your student’s success. We’ll also explore methods that accomplish this, such as keeping a relaxed atmosphere, setting expectations, breaking down daunting tasks into achievable goals, and providing rewards for success. With these strategies in mind, let’s dive deeper into how tutoring can be both encouraging, enjoyable and helping your student be able to say “I Can” to any challenge.
Keep the Atmosphere Relaxed and Positive
Creating a relaxed and positive atmosphere is important in many different settings, but especially when it comes to effective tutoring. A relaxed environment can encourage open communication, a sense of comfort and trust, and a readiness to learn. When a student feels at ease they’re more likely to engage in the learning process, ask questions, and express their doubts without hesitation. This atmosphere can greatly enhance what students get out of their learning experience and help them reach their full potential.
There are several ways to make tutoring comfortable and inviting for students. One is having snacks and drinks available throughout the session. Providing simple drinks like water or juice with light snacks can create a casual and welcoming atmosphere. This caters to their physical needs but can also show a considerate and caring approach as the tutor.
Many find it helpful to work with some sort of background noise playing. Picking soft, non-intrusive music can help reduce any awkwardness and fill potential silences. Music has also been shown to help reduce anxiety and stress, which will help students relax and they will be able to concentrate better on the subject matter.
Just like teachers decorate their classrooms every year, personalizing the learning environment adds a sense of warmth and familiarity. Having comfortable seating, cozy lighting, fun things on the walls, can all make the space feel less formal and more conducive to learning. When there’s a pleasing surrounding, the mood and attitude are more positive and encourages students to be more receptive to material being covered. Tutors can ensure that students are grasping the subject matter effectively and enjoying their learning journey when they provide thoughtful touches like providing snacks, playing music, and designing comfortable spaces.
Set Expectations and Track Progress
When there are clear expectations, students know what is expected of them, they understand the scope of the subject matter, level of participation expected, and the benchmarks they need to achieve. Setting clear expectations is a fundamental part of successful tutoring. It establishes the roadmap for the tutor and student, and helps guide the learning process. By creating clear expectations upfront and how progress will be measured, there’s minimal confusion, reduces potential misunderstandings, and creates a focused and productive learning environment.
Having clarity on the things expected of the student helps enhance their commitment to learning and they’re more likely to engage when they understand the goals they’re working towards. It also helps the tutor have a structured plan to follow. This allows them to tailor their approach to the specific needs and goals of each student. There’s also a way for the tutor to evaluate if their teaching methods are working and to make any adjustments to ensure the best learning outcomes.
Tracking progress can help motivate the student and keep them on track, because they are seeing the tangible results of their efforts. Celebrating successes and milestones no matter how small can boost their confidence and motivation making them more eager to continue learning and succeeding. Tracking progress also allows for timely intervention in the case of a student starting to fall behind or encounters difficulties. Tutors can provide additional support, offer alternative explanations, or adjust the pace of learning to ensure the student doesn’t become overwhelmed or discouraged.
There’s also a sense of accountability, students are aware of their learning trajectory and are more likely to take ownership of their learning. They feel more willing to put the necessary effort into their actions when they directly see how that influences their advancement towards their goals. Setting expectations and tracking progress work together to create a supportive and goal-oriented environment that boosts learning outcomes and encourages continuous improvement.
Break Down Daunting Tasks into Manageable Goals
Large and complex tasks can often seem overwhelming, leading to stress, lack of motivation, and difficulties in maintaining focus, so breaking down tasks into manageable goals can significantly enhance a student’s learning process. When you break these tasks into smaller achievable goals, tutors help students navigate their learning journey more smoothly, making learning seem less intimidating and more manageable.
One of the major benefits of breaking down tasks into smaller ones creates a sense of progression and accomplishment. When a student completes a goal they are filled with a sense of satisfaction and it boosts their confidence. This helps maintain motivation and enthusiasm throughout the learning process. It also helps build a step-by-step understanding of the material and ensures a solid foundation before moving on to the next goal.
Tutors can follow these steps to effectively break down large tasks:
Analyze the Task
Set Specific Goals
Focus on Mastery
Provide Clear Instructions
Adjust and Iterate
Breaking down tasks makes the learning process more manageable, empowers students to take control of their learning, build a sense of achievement, and keep a positive attitude about learning.
Provide Rewards for Success
Rewards are a powerful motivational tool in the tutoring process that can impact students’ engagement, progress, and overall learning experience. Rewards offer a tangible item that students’ tie to their efforts and achievements, this creates a positive feedback loop that encourages them to keep striving for excellence. Rewards can foster their sense of accomplishment and a genuine want to keep learning.
There are many types of rewards and incentives to boost a student’s motivation, but there are two ways to categorize rewards. One type is intrinsic rewards and the other is extrinsic rewards. Intrinsic is the satisfaction of completing a task or mastering a concept. Extrinsic is a type of external reward whether it’s of social or material reward.
These rewards can be categorized in a couple different ways:
It’s important to adapt rewards to the individual students’ preference and needs. Rewards can help motivate, but it’s important to strike a balance, so the focus remains on the intrinsic value of learning. The ultimate goal should be to help students develop a genuine passion for learning and a sense of accomplishment beyond external rewards.
At I Can Academy, we believe in inspiring a culture of learning and self-confidence. Our nurturing environment fosters an environment of encouragement, helping your student discover the strengths and talents he or she has to offer. Every “I Can” statement is crafted with care to honor the inherent potential within each individual and nurture their aspirations for success.
Tutoring can be a great way to help your student build skills, gain confidence, and make academic progress. By creating a positive learning atmosphere, setting realistic expectations, breaking tasks into manageable goals, and offering rewards for success, tutoring sessions can become an extremely beneficial experience for both tutor and student. With the right support and dedication, every student can reach their potential and achieve success.