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How to approach first private tuition session?

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by Rhodders, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. Hi,

    I'm currently doing supply work as I graduated last summer and have been asked by a few friends to tutor some of their family members. I am interested in doing this but having no experience and searching on here I still need a few questions answered.

    I am a qualified secondary science teacher by the way:

    1.) What should I find out? (Do I ask what they are struggling with/examples of what they struggle with/exam boards?)
    2.) How do I approach it? (Bring a load of past papers and work through them?)
    3.) How long would you advise per week? (Seeing as they're already in school 5 days per week)
    4.) Anything else?

    Any wisdom from people that have started tutoring and know how I should approach my first sessions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance

  2. Apologies for the lack of spacing! My web browser does not like this website!
  3. Thanks Liz,

    I will speak with them and the mother and sort something out. Will state about the past papers. She is 15 and it's GCSEs. I know I found the best way to revise was to just do endless amounts of questions on past papers but we are all different!

    Thanks again.
  4. bananamoore

    bananamoore New commenter

    Before I actually start tuition, I usually suggest a quick chat with the student and parents first. I go through the syllabus and check which topics are causing most problems. As I tutor mainly KS4 and 5 students, they usually know their preferred learning styles, so we have a chat about that too. I make a couple of suggestions about how we can tackle the tutoring i.e. spending most of the time on past papers for more confident students, or spending more time going through the different topics again. We then make a plan for the first couple of weeks, so we all know where we are going to start. I know I am giving away my time by doing this, but it seems to help build up a rapport with students and parents. Also, I get quite a few students through websites, so it works as a 'safety' procedure for me, as they come to see me at home before we start.
  5. That sounds like a good way of doing it and I think I will adopt this approach in the first instance and see where it goes. All experience aint it.

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