Perfecting The Partnership

One of the greatest aspects of tuition is the one-on-one attention you get from you teacher, and the personalised help you receive in your lessons. For this to be as successful as possible, it’s key to build a strong, professional relationship with your tutor, whether you are a student or a parent. Just what is the best way to achieve this? Read on the find out!

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A successful tutoring partnership begins even before you find your tutor. It’s key that you, or yourself and your child, have in mind a list of what’s important to you when it comes to a tutor. For example, how much experience do you want them to have, and what teaching style are you looking for? Having a list of criteria will help you to narrow down your search for the perfect tutor.

Once you’ve begun looking, make a shortlist of 2 or 3 potential tutors, and see if they offer a free, or discounted first lesson. This way, you’ll get to meet the tutor and see if you get along before committing to future lessons. You can also use these initial lessons as a time to discuss your goals as a learner, and which teaching styles work best for you.

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After deciding upon a tutor, the real relationship work will begin. As with any partnership, communication is key, and it should start from your very first lesson together. Just as your tutor will give you feedback on your learning, you should feel comfortable letting them know if certain teaching methods, exercises or teaching materials are not working for you – any good tutor will be happy to work with you to modify these aspects of your lessons.

For parents, discussing your child’s school performance in the target subject can be very helpful for the tutor – but only if you feel comfortable doing so, of course. Working together with the subject teacher and tutor on areas your child may need help in can help to achieve the most success for your child in the long run. Coherence in teaching between school and home will also help your child learn in the most structured and effective way possible.

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As a student, the key is being clear about your learning goals, and not being afraid to ask your tutor to repeat topics as much as you need. Our job is to explain the target topic, so we really don’t mind going over points numerous times – after all, repetition is one of the building blocks of learning! Being open and honest will allow your tutor to help you to the best of their ability, making lessons worth your time and money.

A tutor-student is relationship is no different to any other partnership. Communication, collaboration and candour are key to making lessons successful and worthwhile, and building a lasting professional relationship. Don’t be afraid to play the field before you settle down with a tutor, and once you do, work together with your teacher to find a teaching style that works for you. Happy hunting!

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