***Disclaimer: I write blog posts the way I think and speak, so pardon the grammar and the non-formal language, Enjoy!***
- First things first, as a tutor you need to realize you aren't their teacher... so relax! You don't have to take a dictatorship role with them.
- Get to know the students you are working with. I say "students" because aren't we all just trying to learn something? Doesn't matter how old you are, you are always a student... only the setting and situation has changed a bit. With that in mind, everyone is different so therefore people also learn differently, people are motivated by different things. By getting to know your students, you will be able to understand their needs that extent farther than simply their academic needs.
- Don't take yourself too seriously! This goes hand-in-hand with number one, but it's true! You want your students to feel comfortable working with you, and that won't happen if you're a stiff.
- Treat your students every now and again! If their birthday is coming up, get them a little something. If they improved their test scores, reward them. People like to be acknowledged for their accomplishments.
- Be a friend, talk to you students! Get to know them a bit. You don't have to be besties, texting each other about the Game of Thrones finale you both just couldn't believe. Get to know the little things like: tests coming up, if they like Starbucks, if they're allergic to any foods, any special events happening in their lives like college applications, etc. Notice here we include topics of food which will help with number four.
There are plenty of other tips and tricks to making tutoring fun, but in my experience these work pretty well and help with creating other methods to make tutoring even more fun! :)