As a tutor, your goal is to help students develop confidence, improve their learning skill, and build their work habits. All of these factors will help them realize their true potential. You can achieve this by not asking them to work harder, but helping them learn how to learn. Here are some accelerated learning techniques you can use for the tutoring process.
According to studies, people only remember 20% of what they read, but they remember 50% of what they say. Ideally, if you can get students to see, hear, say, and do the material, they will retain 90% of it.
While your students might already do this in their heads, have them do it out loud so you can hear their thoughts and help them better. They may be uncomfortable with this strategy at first, but it is essential for all of the other accelerated learning strategies to work. Encourage them to say whatever they are thinking and about anything they see in the problem and praise success.
Not only does this help negate careless errors, but it also significantly boosts retention. Apply double-checking to all subjects. Essentially, students will do each part of the problems twice as they work their way through an assignment. While it may seem time-consuming at first, once it becomes automatic it will end up saving time. Make sure students are double-checking at all times, not just when a mistake is made. Students who are prone to making careless mistakes can improve their marks by 15%.
One example is mnemonic devices. Create rhymes, acronyms, and sayings that help students remember information.
Have students write things down as they work their way through problems. They will be able to keep track of good ideas and see concepts that they can build on. This skill will become essential by high school when problems aren’t easily solved in the student’s head.
Students should take notes in class on not just what is written down, but also on what the teacher says. Homework attempts should be written, and any questions that were difficult for the student should be starred. As a tutor, make corrections in color with explanations of where the student went wrong.
As you work with students, over time they will relax and become more comfortable with making mistakes, being vulnerable, and letting you see errors. As your students gain confidence, show how they can learn from their mistakes and encourage them to try solving problems even though they may be wrong.
Encourage your students to see their own subject teacher for individual help at least once a week outside of class. Help students learn how to ask questions in class.
Teach students to start with the easiest questions and quickly check each step as they go. Teach them how to budget their time with questions and to leave attempts written down in case partial marks are awarded.
Students will learn best in an environment that is both relaxed and stimulating. It should be positive in a physical, emotional, and social sense. Students’ learning will be optimized when they feel safe and that you have taken an interest in their learning.
Students learn best when a variety of learning options that allows them to use all of their senses and utilize their preferred learning style. As a tutor, you should view learning as a learner-centered, results-driven process.
Students have a hard time absorbing facts and information learned in isolation, and they will be quick to forget anything they do remember. Instead, contextualize information by framing it in real-world scenarios. Also, giving feedback, reflecting, evaluating, and re-immersing into the information will help with retention.
The human brain processes images much better than it processes words. Students are able to grasp concrete images much easier than they can verbal abstractions. If you can translate abstractions into concrete images, students will learn things faster and remember them easier.
Learning should not be considered a spectator sport. Your students will learn best when they are actively involved in the process and take full responsibility for their own learning. They won’t passively absorb knowledge; they need to actively create it. When possible, make your tutoring activity-based rather than materials-based or presentations-based.