How to Make Tutoring Fun and Engaging
Tutoring sessions are usually scheduled after regular school hours and it can be challenging to keep your students motivated and engaged while improving their results and your bottom line. Here are 4 tips on how to make tutoring fun and engage your students.
Start your lesson with a “Warm-Up Session”
This is an idea that can be adjusted to match one-on-one sessions, classroom settings and anything in between. By incorporating a warm-up session in your routine, you can break the ice and get students ready for the lesson ahead. You can simply start a quick conversation about your students day and ask them to list 3 things they learned today. Or, you can start with a “Find the mistake” game and ask them to point out mistakes written on the board.
Make your lessons interactive
Communication and teacher-student interaction play a key role in learning. Instead of asking your student if they understand the concept, try asking them to “Teach you” it in their own words. By doing so, you will engage your student and have an opportunity to listen to their point of view and evaluate their understanding. This will provide you with a chance to reinforce the concepts the student might not have understood completely.
There are many ways to incorporate games into your lessons. According to the subject you teach and the age group of your students, countless games could be adapted to your lesson goals. Games such as Bingo, Jeopardy, Scavenger hunts are often the most used by tutors to make tutoring fun and engage students in a fun non-traditional way. You can also think outside of the box and create your own game, after all, you know your subject and your students best.
Establish a relationship with your student
By creating a connection with your students you will create a sense of comfort that will transfer to your lessons. Students should be comfortable enough to be able to ask questions and provide feedback. You can create a connection simply by showing interest in the student’s social and emotional needs and always displaying a positive attitude.
A note about tutoring software
Providing students with fun and engaging lessons will motivate them to keep coming back. In addition, they will be more likely to recommend your services to their friends. As your business expands, you may find yourself in need of tutorial software that can help you automate and streamline tedious admin tasks. Choosing the best tutoring software solution for your business right from the start is essential, because you don’t want to spend hours on reentering data in a new system down the line. Be sure to thoroughly assess each software solution available before signing up!
Do you normally consider any engagement activities when planning your lessons? Please feel free to share with us what works best for you.