Listen to what the student is telling you. Too many tutors try to teach a lot of stuff that they find interesting, but that doesn't help the student directly. You can easily get caught up in passing on your knowledge, and forget that the most important thing is to pay attention to the other person.
It can help if you ask the person in advance what exactly they are looking for. Then you can brush up on the material as required.
Don't do the student's homework for them. Don't even consider looking at homework problems (unless it's problems that have been marked and returned). Make up your own, similar problem.
Also, try not to goof off a lot. Some polite conversation is okay, but if the student goes away having paid for an hour of your time and only gotten a tiny bit of knowledge for it, they won't be happy, even if they were the one initiating the conversation. They probably won't come back for a second session.
>>7639153 That's useful, thanks. A lot of it seems like common sense, but I'm a just a bit paranoid that we'll get to the end of the hour and the student will say "I have learnt absolutely nothing today." Since this is the first lesson, I'm planning on basically going through some examples to judge what level they're on, find out what they're strong in, and make a start based on a rough plan of action. First lesson will be free anyway, because it's not fair to charge someone just for that
>>7639153 I second everything said here. Also, if you're not absolutely awful your student will probably say yes every time you ask if they have understood. The problem is, most of the time they *think* they have understood because they still haven't had the time to think about it long enough. After teaching something, always stop and ask some simple questions to see if they actually got everything right, especially if you know there is a tricky concept that is easy to misunderstand.
>>7639036 I tutored quite a few GCSE students and they all struggled with the basics more than anything. Adding/multiplying fractions, simplifying algebra etc. May be a good idea to cover basic stuff before anything else.
tutoring is fucking easy, i was tutoring kids A-level maths whilst i was doing my A-levels (but had done normal maths A-level a year early because i did 3 maths A-levels)
the hardest part of it is not getting frustrated when they dont understand easy concepts, but all you need to do is make sure you are comfortable enough with the material that you can prove exactly why everything works when you explain it.
a) capable but lazy/ADHD/bad discipline/emotionally unstable b) incapable and/or dumb
And to people who'll tell me that I'm just a shit tutor: You'll eventually end up with a person who hasn't grasped math since the introduction of fractions and doesn't really care any way and who just got forced there by their parents, and you'll patiently explain everything for a whole hour only for it all to be blown away by the time you meet again next week.
It's a huge frustrating waste of time. Better sign up to be a tutor for college courses and engage with smart people who actually care about learning, and improve your own knowledge by teaching.
>>7639036 3rd year engineering undergrad here, started tutoring for the first time last month. Currently have 2 students on my books doing A-Level maths and physics.
Make sure you know what exam board they're on and then just go online onto the bountiful revision sites to see what the syllabus for each module is like.
Make a little crib sheet with a few problems for each topic and important discussion points.
A thing I've noticed a lot since I've started tutoring, is that the parents/students want a bit more than what you get in school and that usually involves showing some derivations/proofs for things e.g. differentiation, sum of a geometric series.
The most important piece of advice I could probably give you is that never ever show anger/disappointment in your expression when your student doesn't understand a topic you found easy when you were a student. It's the small things like these that heavily influence whether or not they find you a sufficiently adept tutor.
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