Tips for When You’re Considering Tutoring

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

Tutoring is often only considered when you are struggling with a particular topic or subject. However, tutoring can be valuable for students of all learning abilities, whether they want to move up a grade, maintain their current grade or simply strengthen their understanding of a certain subject.

Setting the foundations

Starting Tutoring sessions in advance can build the foundations for a new academic year. Subjects and areas that you may have struggled with will be easier as a direct result of your sessions. You will build a strong base knowledge that will help you to quickly and clearly grasp concepts and improve your confidence.

Maintaining consistency

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Maintaining a regular time-slot for your tutoring session is important, whether it be on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. Regular sessions help you develop a rhythm of learning in same way you have at school, bringing improvements in performance in both your school and course work. Having a regular time-slot and committing to it provides the stability for you and your tutor to continue progressing and building upon previous sessions.

Last minute Tutoring

Last minute tutoring can be effective but it doesn’t guarantee that you will reach your goal. Preparation is key and the students that perform the best are the ones who began tutoring sessions in the first term and continued throughout the year. If you are thinking of starting your tutoring lessons a month before your exams, you may not have time to build an understanding of and confidence in the areas that you want to focus on.

Set yourself a goal in advance

Whether it be an A* or a C, setting yourself a goal is very important, it not only makes you more likely to achieve it, but it also keeps you focused and motivated. If you have a clear goal you will find yourself being more organised and proactive about what your learning and believe it or not you may start to enjoy it!

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How soon should you start?

It is advisable to start tutoring sessions at least 9 months before your exams or end of year tests to give you ample time to catch up if you’re behind or to move forward with learning something new. Starting 3 months before your exam or any less may not leave you with enough time to feel the full benefit of the sessions.

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The key point to remember is that when you feel that you’re in a position where you need the help of a tutor, look into it as soon as possible. The more time you wait, the less time you’ll have for learning and less likely you are to reach your goal. Early preparation removes those last minute exam stresses and will boost your confidence, understanding and most importantly, grades.

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