Over the years, I have started to identify the kind of student with whom I work most effectively, whether in tutoring or in a traditional college setting. My kind of student is one who is serious about learning, is willing to think beyond an immediate problem, and has an open mind. Being serious about learning means that one is actively pursuing knowledge without waiting to be told what should be learned. Understanding that any knowledge gained in this pursuit is a treasure, not a waste of time, is paramount. Knowing that this pursuit extends outside of the classroom and outside of a tutoring session is key as well.
As a tutor, I receive many initial student requests to help with an assignment that is, typically, due within a few days. I generally turn these down and here's why. To me, it is not clear that these students are willing to think beyond what is immediately in front of them. If I have lessons with them, would they accept that I would teach the necessary concepts...
I normally tend to teach by relating to things seen in common life.
Theories to practical day examples in easy and simple wordings.
My goal is to get the message across, after all we are learning to build our intellect, think and apply it in our daily lives.
I believe everyone has the ability to succeed in what they put their hearts into.
All it takes is a little bit of patience (alot of it in the beginning), developing curiosity into thinking further about it ( thats where I come in), alot of practice, which leads into mastering the subject ( leading to develop a passion in the subject, who becomes a familiar friend).
One of the biggest signs that a students needs tutoring is continual low grades in a subject. If a student rarely gets anything higher than a "C" or "D", they probably need tutoring. Another sign is constant frustration with or avoidance of the subject. If a student avoids doing their homework in a subject, or seems to get irritated whenever studying that topic, it might be time to find him a tutor.
Also, If your student has dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, or something else that makes learning hard for her, you might need to get her a tutor if you want her to reach her full potential in school. The same goes for Aspergers/Autism, in which the student has a different learning style than your average student, and therefore, might not learn well in a class setting. A tutor would be able to shed a new light of understanding on the subject, and would be able to help the student grasp the concepts.