Tutoring For Kids

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Tutoring, whether it is traditional or online, is slowly experiencing an
increase in demand. A lot of parents are already hiring tutors for their
kids, it is all because of continuing increase in academic demands.
There are more students inside a classroom and teachers are finding it
difficult to help all of the students.

Busy and working parents, find it more convenient to enrol their children
in post-school tutoring whether it is traditional and face-to-face or in
the more flexible online tutoring. Other parents would prefer to tutor
their own kids.

Whether you have professional tutors or doing some tutoring of your own,
they all seem to agree that teaching kids can be challenging sometimes.
What are some tutoring tips that you can use to make tutoring your own
kids or other people’s children easier?

• Build rapport and communication.

Children are already inside classrooms and listening to teachers most of
their day, the least that they would need is somebody who would meet them
after class and sound like their classroom teacher. The clear difference
is, tutoring is not classroom instruction. Tutoring is a positive
reinforcement of what children learned inside the school.

Aside from teaching and discussing lectures, you would also need to give
an ear to the children. How would you know where exactly they are having
problems, if you do not even bother listen to them? It would be great if
children would be able to ask you questions, make mistakes and correct
them in a relaxed manner. Children find it easier to open up once they
realized that their tutor is actually somebody they could talk to and not
somebody who would intimidate them.

If you are tutoring your own kids, then make sure that they are involved
in the process. There are times when simple and decent talk with our
children is very tiring and difficult, what more on making them sit for
few hours to get some additional instruction? If you are a parent
tutoring her own kids, then try using words that would give positive
disposition and encouragement.

If you are tutoring for somebody else’s kids, make sure that you have a
healthy and steady communication with the child’s parents. Tutors would
find handling parents to be more difficult than handling the kids. To
make sure that you are communicating with the parents, you can start in
the beginning.

Some tutors would update parents about the sessions daily or every two
days. This would help the parents understand the children’s academic
strengths and weaknesses and get their expectations straight.

• Structure and time management
Make a structure or a plan for the children. You can give the children
exercises or homework which do not demand too much time. You can give
them easy writing exercises or practice exercises. Remember that they
also have school homework to do but you do not want them to disregard
tutoring sessions easily, too.

Since, you are dealing with children, it is absolutely necessary to give
them time to breathe for awhile. Children have short attention span, you
could not contain them for such a long time. You can try giving them fun
exercises and homework to do. Just do not make it too frequent, you want
to avoid being somebody who spends most of the time playing than
tutoring.

				
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