What Parents Want to Know About Their Child’s Tutoring
Parents hire a tutor because they want their children to reach their academic goals, and reaching those goals can take time. As the owner of a tutoring business, it’s important that your tutors keep parents informed and up-to-date during their child’s journey towards academic achievement. Today we discuss what parents want to know about their child’s tutoring, and why it’s important to give feedback after tutoring sessions.
One of the easiest ways to give feedback after tutoring sessions is to record lesson notes and make them accessible to students and/or parents. Lesson notes are best written immediately after a lesson ends, so the content of the lesson and interactions with students are fresh in your (or your tutor’s) mind.
Below we discuss what parents want to know about their child’s tutoring, and how you, as the provider of the child’s tutoring, can provide the proper feedback after each tutoring session to ensure the child’s parents are informed about the child’s progress, areas of improvement, and goals for future sessions.
What Was Covered in The Lesson
When writing lesson notes after each tutoring session it makes sense to start with the basic facts about the lesson:
- What was covered in the lesson (topics, readings, homework, etc.)
- The child’s level of engagement throughout the lesson and their engagement in the subject matter
- Anything in particular the child seemed interested in or motivated by (i.e. content, teaching methods, etc.)
Focusing on these simple facts of the lesson are a good way to get the parent up to speed about the child’s lesson without needing to go into too much detail early in your notes. Remembering and writing about these points will also help you assess the lesson in more detail before moving on to the finer points below.
Next, you may want to highlight positive feedback about the child’s work and their participation in the lesson.
This could include offering more detail about any part of the lesson the child seemed to enjoy, or seemed particularly motivated by. Parents will value this feedback, since it might help them encourage their child to keep learning in the future by revisiting topics the child is interested in.
This is also a good opportunity to discuss any improvements you’ve observed in the child’s performance or engagement levels. Parents want to know that tutoring is helping their child, and providing them with evidence that their child is benefiting from tutoring is a great way to encourage them to keep coming back for more lessons.
Another form of positive feedback you may want to utilize is to let parents know when you’ve observed a student no longer needs help with a certain section of their work (i.e. they can now read at a certain level, solve certain types of math problems on their own, etc.). This form of feedback instills confidence in the student, the parents, and will contribute to strengthening their trust in your (or your business’) ability to tutor their child.
Areas For Improvement
When you give feedback after tutoring sessions you’ll also need to highlight any areas where a student can improve. Parents are happy to hear their child is making progress, but they also want to be kept informed if their child is still struggling.
In this section of your lesson notes you can highlight any areas that the child is struggling with. It’s a good idea to stick to one or two main areas where the child is struggling, rather than bombarding the parents with a collection of concerns about the child’s performance at once.
If possible, it’s also a good idea to highlight specific ways you plan to help the student develop skills in the areas they’re struggling in. You can do that in this section, or you can begin the next section with that feedback when you highlight goals for future sessions.
Plans & Goals for Future Sessions
To summarize lesson notes you can highlight what your goals are for the student’s next and future sessions. This is where you can detail any goals you’ve set with the student, how you’ll help them achieve them, and what the student can do in the meantime to help them prepare for their next lesson.
You can choose to add more or less detail to each of these sections, but as a general guide they’re helpful areas to focus on when you give feedback after tutoring sessions. You can also change the order of the content or put more emphasis on some sections (i.e. if the child has made progress and you’d like to focus on their achievements).
Giving Feedback With Teachworks
Teachworks makes it easy to record and provide feedback to students and/or parents after lessons are completed. Lesson notes can be entered by the student’s teacher, other staff member with permission, or company admin (depending on your company’s process), and can be emailed immediately after each session or sent out a later time.
You can also create templates for internal and shared notes that automatically populate lesson notes fields when a user enters their notes, which will help your business standardize the content of lesson notes to promote consistency and detailed note taking.
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