Do you look forward to each session of tutoring? Have you ever considered tutoring to be an adventure? I was telling my husband last night that one aspect of teaching that really excites me is that each and every lesson has at least one positive surprise. It may be a comment that the student makes relative to a lesson from two months ago. Ah, yes! She did listen to me! It may be a small gesture like a cup of "chai," or a peek at some family photos. Sometimes it is helpful to spend just a few minutes outside of the lesson chatting about a special weekend either you or the student had, or to take a walk around the block. Do this over and above lesson time. It need not be long. Naturally, this time will not be counted; it is a "gift." I have found that a comfortable and happy student is more productive. When the student knows the tutor, just a little, as a real person better interaction is possible within the lesson. Each will understand better how to communicate with the other. Have a good lesson today! Look forward to the lesson with anticipation.