The Feedback I Get
I often get positive feedback from parents of the students I tutor, and I think about what it is about effective tutoring that makes such a big difference in a student’s performance.
Of course there is the obvious fact that students sometimes need help with specific material. If geometry really just isn’t making sense, a student can benefit tremendously from having the facts laid out in a simpler way.
However, it’s been my experience that other, less obvious factors play a major role as well. I recently got a call from the mother of a student I tutored for the SAT. Her daughter needed an improvement of about 70 points to qualify for the Bright Futures scholarship, and only had about two weeks before her next attempt at the test. I was skeptical about how much I could help, and was honest with her parents.
“Usually students need about two months to adequately prepare and to increase their scores that much.” We went ahead with the tutoring anyway.
In a few weeks I was pleasantly surprised to hear that Ashley had gotten her score – and her scholarship! Was it the math she’d learned in the few hours we spent together? Partially. But I am convinced that the key to an effective tutor is her ability to inspire confidence in her students.
Reinforce Your Students
When students are rewarded through positive reinforcement, their attitudes toward their abilities change.
As adults we know that attitude and confidence makes all the difference in the world. Even without hiring a private tutor, we can start the process of increasing a student’s self-esteem at home. Let them know that you believe in them and encourage them to take the words “I don’t know” and “I can’t” out of their vocabularies.
When we give ourselves empowering messages we surprise ourselves by how much we are capable of – on the SAT and in life overall.
If Wellington Tutoring can help your students reach their goals, feel free to contact us at any time.