To develop a good working relationship with the student, parents and teacher, some ground rules should apply (See volunteer tutor training and requirements set out by Martin County Library Systems for their literacy program at www.library.martin.fl.us).
First impressions are always lasting impressions that are not so easily erased. In addition to your educational training, your success as a tutor could well be how polite and courteous you are once the front door is opened in a private home or the way you present yourself before students in a group presentation setting.
“What you are to be . . . you are now becoming”, that is what is said to the student, but to the tutor it is said, “Pull yourself up by your boot strings and lead the march to success for your students!”
Learning has to do with one’s state of mind. Positive thinking and a “yes we can” attitude allows for us to grasp what we learn and retain it. Making your tutoring session a good and pleasant experience for the student is a necessity for consistent improvement and ongoing progress.
A tutor should exemplify ethical behavior in all undertakings with the student, the student’s parents and teacher——–never pretend or exaggerate a student’s achievements without providing some evidence of these accomplishments.
Children believe in adults and adults should care about children. All behavior must be above board remembering that trust has been vested in you as the tutor and your profession.
Showing up on time and winding down on time are essentials, especially with in-home tutoring and even at other* locations where students arrive by transportation and must be picked up at the end of the session. (*In Stuart, Blake Library on Monterey Road and East Ocean Blvd is frequently used by tutors for their sessions in the children’s section of the library on Saturday mornings).
When tutoring at a home . . . respect the home and follow the leads of the family members.
Parents think tutors are special because they feel this is a person that will be able to help their child, so bond with the parent/s by keeping them informed (briefly at the end of each session if possible) of the progress as well as any setbacks the student may be having. Be upbeat and re-assuring that you will continuously put forth all of your efforts to help the student.
It’s the way the tutor is greeted at each session and the way goodbye is expressed at the end of the session that the tutor knows that they are welcome and most importantly that they are appreciated.