How to Successfully Work With a Tutor

Once you've established why you need a tutor, it's important to know how to successfully work with your tutor.

Whether you need tutoring to help you raise a grade or in an effort to gain better understanding, it will be easier if you know what to expect from the experience.


Working with a tutor can be one of the most beneficial things for your child and for the relationship between you and your child. But, it can also be confusing, frustrating, and disheartening if the relationship doesn't work out.


Follow the steps below to help you work effectively with a tutor.


1. Get into a habit of telling your tutor about any problems you've been having with a subject as early as possible.


Tutors are there to help. They're not mind-readers, and they can't work miracles. They can only work on what you tell them. When you tell your tutor about a problem early enough, it makes it possible for your tutor to come up with a solution that works for both of you.


However, getting into this habit means being honest with yourself and getting over what triggers bad study habits like procrastination or anxiety.


2. Be realistic about how much help you can get from one person.


You should know that you can't expect a tutor to be able to help you with everything. You'll have to think about what problems are the most pressing for you and decide which ones need more attention than others.


Also, remember that even if your tutor is an expert in a subject area, they may not know how well a student will learn until they start teaching.


For example, they may suggest something that doesn't work for everyone, but some students may still find tremendous value in it—and vice versa.


So when choosing what topics or skills you want your tutor to focus their lessons or explanations on, keep these things in mind

  • Don't assume anything

  • Allow your tutor to make suggestions

  • Ask questions before accepting any potential solutions

  • Give feedback!

3. Not all tutors meet the same needs, so don't hesitate to change tutors if you're not satisfied.


Sometimes, people find that their tutor doesn't meet their needs. For example, a person who needs help with homework might be dissatisfied with a tutor who is only able to give them general advice or study skills.


If you're not getting what you want from your tutor, don't hesitate to change tutors! It's important that you are satisfied with your experience and feel like the time was well spent.


However, you'll want to make sure that whoever takes over from your previous tutor can deliver services in a way that meets both of your expectations (e.g., how much homework help is neede, what kind of study skills do they need, etc.)


At Good Hope Tutoring Services, we provide a 15-minute free consultation to ensure we listen to our students' needs before they make any commitments.


4. Don't be afraid to ask for help


If there's something that's difficult or confusing to you, don't hesitate to ask your tutor for help. It might seem embarrassing at first, but remember that nobody expects a student to know everything. We all need outside assistance sometimes!


However, if there are other areas in which a different tutor might be better suited for your learning style, it’s okay to make a change! This does not mean there is anything wrong with your tutor—he or she may just not be able to provide exactly what you need at the time.


We hope that these tips help you get the most out of your tutoring sessions and succeed in your academic career.

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