I just finished writing my first newsletter on Revue – the Twitter-based newsletter service. But when I finished issue #1, I realized, ‘Hey, I have my own website, why not just use that.’ I like that idea better.
This newsletter idea will cover topics related to tutoring, my experience with tutoring in college, and how to help foster students and people to become independent learners that are able to help themselves. Below is issue #1, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
Tutoring is the backbone of a good education. Not just in academics, but also in life.
A Guide to Independence
To become a well-rounded individual, you must take in as much info as possible about the world around you. But in this day and age, there is so much information out there and many ways to take in information, it can feel like an overload of useless advice and knowledge. How do we parse through the nonsense in a meaningful way? As a tutor, you want the student to eventually be able to help themselves.
The whole point of tutoring is to guide a student to become an independent learner. You can do this several ways, one is by providing support to the student, such as:
- Adjusting on-the-fly (being flexible)
- Asking the student to elaborate, expand, and explain
- Asking if the student has any questions or needs clarification
- Encouraging the student to refer and recall examples from their own life
- Actively listening to the student
- Allowing and encouraging breaks when needed
Another way is to present the content to the student in a way that is tailored to their learning style. For example, people may prefer to be instructed when information is presented in a visual way, or re-enforced with sound, or when they are physically active using their body or sense of touch (hands on activities), or even writing/typing the information themselves. Often times, the student may not know how to express themselves to explain how they like to be taught – because no one ever told them.
I feel bad for students. Through no fault of their own, they have been forced into remote learning without any instruction on how to do it. And no instruction on how they can do it best for themselves. Not only were students not given a choice in how they learn, they weren’t even given a break on tuition price or assignment and test loads. Same in-person expectations, but without the face-to-face contact with their teacher and professors. Not to mention the interaction with their peers and friends. Virtual Learning will never be able to replace the energy and synergy of being in a physical classroom or in a co-op placement for learning vocational skills. That is why attaining knowledge and skills through actual experience will always be best for learning.
A Helping Hand
Now is the time to help repair the damage that has already been done to the education system. If we can fix academics, then we can mend the minds of students by teaching them how to learn for themselves. So no matter what they are exposed to during their school experience – and beyond – they will thrive in learning and life and become the well-rounded individuals we all want them to be, and know they can become.
Did you know I have a book about tutoring?
It’s called The Tutor Template: A Step-by-Step Guide to Tutoring, you can find it here on Amazon and Gumroad.
The price will be going up soon so get your inexpensive copy now while you still can!
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