6 Things You Might Not Know About Tutoring

The tutoring process may seem straightforward — yet there are some secrets of successful tutoring that might catch you by surprise.

Don’t believe us? Here’s a quick list — some things every student (and parent) should understand about the tutoring process.

Your tutor doesn’t expect you to make straight A’s.

For starters, you may assume that the whole point of tutoring is to make perfect grades — and that anything less than that will disappoint your tutor.

Actually, all students are different, and the point of tutoring is simply for students to grow, to learn how to learn, and to make some improvement in their academic standing. That doesn’t necessarily mean jumping from D’s to straight A’s. In fact, your tutor may be really happy for you to pull in some solid C’s, if it shows real growth and improvement.

Your tutor doesn’t want to be your tutor forever.

Sure, tutors appreciate the income — but the goal of the process is empowering students, showing them how they can study, learn, and prepare all on their own.

In an effective tutoring situation, the tutor ultimately becomes obsolete!

Tutoring is more about your mindset than anything else.

A good tutor will absolutely help you with homework — but that’s not the primary point of the tutoring process.

No, the primary point is for the student to develop some self-motivational skills — as well as a healthy dose of self-confidence — that will help him or her address any and all academic challenges.

In other words, it’s not just about this week’s book report. It’s about developing strategies for ongoing academic success.

It’s important for everyone — including parents — to have realistic goals.

There are methods of effective tutoring, but even the best approach won’t yield overnight results.

It’s important for students and parents alike to remember that the tutoring process is about developing skills — not simply unlocking some great academic secret. It takes time, and setting realistic goals is important.

Tutors just want you to be honest.

Didn’t even try to read this week’s English assignment? No big deal — but don’t try to fake it. Your tutor will always know, and it’s better if you are both honest with one another.

Instead of faking it, try talking with your tutor about the real reasons why you didn’t complete your work, and he or she can help you map a game plan to avoid similar problems in the future.

Your tutor won’t get you better grades.

A tutor can give you a road map to improved academic performance — but ultimately, it’s the student who has to use that road map, apply the skills learned, and push for better grades.

Even so, having that road map is an empowering first step — and we’d love to help you develop one! To learn more about the ways in which a tutor can put you on the right path, reach out to Crafting Scholars today!

The Student’s needs come FIRST. Not the parent. Not the teacher.