The cliffnotes version of my take on the question "What are your 5 outside the box tips that help make your tutoring lessons fun?"
1. Let the Student Set The Atmosphere for Learning
2. Embody positivity in Personal Instruction of the Subject Matter!
3. Acknowledge the emotions associated with previous failures and setbacks
4. Take breaks with the Student during the session
5. PERSONALIZED EXAMPLES!!!! CUSTOMIZED EXAMPLES!!!!! SILLY EXAMPLES!!!!
1. Let the Student Set The Atmosphere for Learning - As a tutor, I have the ability of customizing and personalizing the instruction of the subject matter to the needs of the student. However, we do not have the ability to read the mind...
Tutoring is a two way street. Both sides of the party need to put in 110% of effort in order to see positive results.
A tutor needs to be enthusiastic about the subject. They need to be passionate about what they are teaching. Throughout my college career, I had a better experience and better results in classes where my professor was enthusiastic about the class. Adversely, teachers who don't show enthusiasm, do not connect with the students, and the students refuse to create that connection as well.
Another healthy tutoring tip is patience. Nobody likes a pushy tutor! Yes, be assertive, but being too pushy will annoy the student. Patience allows the student to digest the material and to create cognitive connections.
Positive encouragement is also a good way to make lessons fun. There are teachers who scare their students by giving them discouragement. When a teacher gives the student positive encouragement, the student feels good...