A tutor is much more than a content provider. A tutor is also a mentor who enlightens, educates, and hopefully inspires students. It is important to establish a good rapport with students by being genuinely enthusiastic about the course material. This will create an environment for students to give his/her best efforts.
When tutoring any subject, I try to emphasize making the instruction as personal as possible, keeping the students informed at all times of expectations and deadlines, and keeping them on task. Using real world examples assists the students to understand concepts more clearly. Equally important is having students demonstrate his/her understanding of the course material which promotes problem solving skills and critical thinking.
In my opinion an excellent tutor is extremely organized yet flexible enough to recognize and utilize the teachable moment. Being approachable and accessible to the students creates trust and respect. Constantly learning and seeking new knowledge and techniques to bring to the tutoring session is essential to remain current and relevant.
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