As a Tutor it is important to plan and organise your academic support tutorials to help optimise each of your students private sessions.

In the school year of 2017 - 2018, there was over 4.86 million students in primary and secondary school in Canada.   There was over 2.05 million students in Post secondary school education or in higher education in the year 2017.

Many students of all ages struggle with school and some may need to retake certain exams or even have to retake a whole course. Fortunately,  now more than ever there are tutoring services that can help them avoid this and help students successfully attain academic excellent.

Let us examine how to best prepare for academic support classes.

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The First Class: Introductions and Work Conditions

The first Class is usually an introduction , so whether its for online tutoring or home tutoring, it's important to get to know the student and his family who has employed you . It's always prudent to run through and outline the conditions of your tutoring arrangement;  subject for instruction, the time and place, how long the lesson, how much your fee will be, and any other details or requests the family may have.

Where can you teach private tutorials?
The place where you teach is important, so make sure where you teach is clean and tidy. (Source: bedrck)

 Establishing a relationship where both parties feel comfortable is an important part of tutoring.  Both the tutor and the student will need to work closely together so personalities is an important factor. So the better the relationship you establish with your student the easier to teach and help the student progress.

Tutor and parents have to agree on an hourly rate before starting. Generally, academic support tutorials can vary in cost around from beginning at $20 to $25 per hour, or more depending on where you are teaching and these rates can also vary wildly depending on the subjects being taught and the level being offered.

You will also factor in whether you would teach at your home or your students.

Sometimes tutors may wish to offer their first lesson free just to see if the student and teacher have compatible personalities and feel they can build on that successfully, also some tutors also like to offer discounts if a family books several lessons at once and that may be more economical for them and a good opportunity for the tutor.

Establish Some Rules On Your First Tutorial

It's important to present yourself well when you are giving your academic support tutorials. Parents and students will have more confidence in you depending on your appearance,  so always be presentable and professional.

First impression impressions are very important so make sure when you are coming for an interview or for you first lesson that it’s a good one. The first meeting should always be treated like an interview, and in essence it because the family and student will not commit unless of course that impression is good. Tutors don't necessarily have to wear a suit or a shirt and tie but it's important to be presentable and confident.

What should you wear to private tutorials?
You don't need to  wear a suit to your tutorials, but you should dress appropriately. (Source: Free-Photos)

Whether it’s Mathematics, Physics, French, English, Chemistry , Biology, or music, you are planning to tutor, make  sure you make a good first impression.

It’s important for those working for tutoring companies and for themselves on platforms like Superprof.

Present yourself professionally by;

  • Wearing appropriate clothing
  • Are clean and well groomed
  • A Smile always goes a long way

Remember to shake hands and make eye contact when greeting new parents and students and fidgeting and crossing your arms can be distracting so try to remain relaxed, open and engaged to answer any questions and they may have. Tutorials usually take place in either the living or the dining room or even a kitchen table, but make sure you ask the parent where they would like you to give their child theirs lessons

Putting the child at ease during the first lesson is important so try using a bit of humour to break the tension,  and being friendly and approachable will also help the student be at ease and get to know you. By letting them know right of the bat, that you are their to support them in their learning and help them to better succeed in school in whatever areas they are having difficulties in will make the time more productive and meaningful.

Punctuality is important so consider arriving a few minutes early just to set up and have a few minutes to relax and to say hello to your student.  Tutoring jobs aren't always secure so to succeed as a tutor and make it sustainable job make sure you do everything in your power to be a reliable and productive tutor.

Tutorials often take place in the evenings after school, weekends, or during the school holidays.    Most parents also like to have some free time and vacations away with their children so  make sure you plan  lessons with the parents weekend and holidays schedules in mind.

Unless you are working for one of many tutoring companies, as a private tutor you are pretty much your own boss. You can be teaching students of  any age, whether in primary school, secondary school, college or university level.  However, if you want to have a successful tutoring business, it's best to think of ways to ensure that you have long-term students. Unfortunately with the recent Provincial budget cuts in education,  especially in the provinces of Ontario and Alberta, more and more parents are looking for Tutors to help their children.

Within the last several years, the market for private tutoring has expanded,  especially for private tutoring in Toronto and most of the major Canadian cities, including Vancouver and Calgary.   There are more and more opportunities for one on one tutoring so make sure you offer a  valuable tutoring service by ensuring that your learner or student,  will get effective productive and tutorials that will produce good achievement outcomes for the student.

As a tutor, don't forget that you can also work as an online tutor and offer your tutorials to students not just at the local level but all over the country, or the world!!

Whether an in-home tutor or tutoring online, you may make use of these resources.

Evaluating the Student’s Level

Firstly it's important to ask why is the student getting tutorials?

Do they want or need help in reviewing and passing a certain exam, help with their homework or in catching up on a subject they had some problems with, or needing a personalised programme to help in applying to top universities?

How do you test a student's level?
Regularly evaluate students' progress. (Source: tjevans)

Once you ascertain the reason they are needing tutoring,  its good to determine the issues they may be having for their age and grade level,  and their overall achievement record in school to date. Some subjects may become more difficult where there were no problems before. Certain subjects like mathematics, require a sound base and understanding critical to have before the more complicated concepts are taught in later years.

In order to evaluate their level, you can ask the student to do a quick level test for the subject you’re teaching just to have an idea.  But it's also a good idea to ask for their previous test results.

Students in secondary school or high school  may already have an idea of which topics they struggle with. As their tutor you can help them to focus on problematic topics,  and it's important to ask them questions and examine why they’re finding these certain topics so difficult.

Once you have evaluated your student the tutor can start working out their approach,  different learning strategies,  activities,  coaching methods and specific support, that may be used to help the student learner.

An appraisal of the students abilities during the first meeting with their parents is a good idea for for the first tutorial.  You can also assure the parents and your student that they can get in touch with you at any time via email if they have any questions or need help with a homework assignment.  It's the Tutors job and goal to help their students improve.

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Interactive Exercises to Do with Your Student

You may not need to plan the tutorial down to the minute , their are other fun activities for the student to do.

Which are the best digital learning resources?
Sharing documents and resources electronically. (Source: JESHOOTScom)

Whether your student is in primary school, secondary school, college or university, there are many digital apps that can make learning fun for every age. There are great mobile apps on both Google Play and the App Store,  as well  as websites for learning.

Mathematics tutors will appreciate the large number of websites offering games and digital activities for topics such as algebra, calculus, trigonometry, and geometry.

You can also download free apps that are available for various subjects with exercises for students. One on one or private tutoring can be more enjoyable than a student's regular classes, while giving them the necessary study skills to help them achieve academic success.

Your job as a tutor is to provide a refreshing approach to learning  by differentiating yourself from the type of teaching they receive at school in a more fun and interactive way, while supporting them in their learning process and helping them to develop excellent study skills along the way,

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Yvette is a freelance Canadian writer living in Paris. She spends her time between Toronto and Paris and likes to travel and learn. She's the proud mom of two strong minded women and enjoys her free time giving back to her communities.