Whether you are an experienced calculus tutor or you are just starting out, you can agree that like teaching, successful tutoring is not an exact science. However, you can achieve success through thorough planning, and good communication between you and your student. If both of you continually apply effort, a noticeable development of mathematical competencies of the student will outweigh the little daily frustrations. The following guidelines will help calculus teachers achieve significant success with any student:
Plan and conduct the sessions early
Before you begin your very first session, it will be useful to arrange a conference with the instructor of the student to determine where the student has a problem, which will then help you to set your objectives. Regardless of where the session takes place, ensure the room is quiet, and you can talk freely with your student. Understand why the student got a tutor, diagnose his or her difficulties, and seek to understand his or her interests. Above all, aim to create a positive atmosphere with the student.
Essential tips for planning for a session
Advance preparation is the key to the success of each session. The first thing you want to do is determine the objectives of each session based on the progress of the student, and the guidelines of the instructor. You should also refer to the tutoring log. Once you have the objectives clearly laid out, review them before the session. You can consult the instructor to locate supplemental exercises and resource materials. Create a simple review activity to check on objectives that you taught the student on the previous sessions. Create an instructional session for your objectives based on the suggestions of the instructor and the resource material. Come up with suitable, well-picked and structured exercises for the student to solve before the next session. Pick a tutoring location that has no distractions.
Guidelines for during the session
The first step is to be punctual for all your sessions, and the student will follow your lead. Sit beside the student and aim to create a positive atmosphere. Beginning by reviewing the objectives of the previous session, and going over the exercises, you left with the student. Next, briefly explain the objectives of the session to the student. Also explain the new processes you are about to introduce in the session. Involve your student as much as you can, avoid unnecessarily picking then pen, and let the student make the corrections with your guidance.
By Imma Sila