Friday, October 30, 2015

Tips For Tutoring Adults (part 2 of 2)

Keep your students motivated, focus on your student’s interest and goals. It is important that they are part of the process in the start of the program, these would help them get involved with planning the lessons based on their needs and interests.

Be particular in your student’s needs and level.  Some adults will learn faster compared with the others.  So make sure that you as a tutor would be able to cope up with this improvement.  You would also have students that have  limited education, it would be best to be prepared to help these kind of students. 

There are times when the students would have other problems aside from literacy and academic ones.  As tutors, we may not be prepared to address these kinds of problems.  Do not be afraid to refer them to other professionals.  Their academic issues can be root from psychological and mental problems like hyperactivity, inability to concentrate and focus. But before you refer them to other professionals, make sure that this is the real reason and not just some excuse to escape difficult students.

Another common problem would be when adult students bring their children in classes.  This is not encouraged since both students and tutors are unable to concentrate throughout the session.  Since tutoring is more flexible than regular class, you could suggest that they take sessions when somebody could take-care of them while you go to tutoring sessions. 

When tutoring adults, you would be facing entirely different problems than when you are tutoring children.  You have to be prepared for that.  But the best method would be maintaining open communication between student and tutor, so that the student would be able to further their education without sacrificing too much.

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