Develop your tutoring skills

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Non-verbal communication is a minor consideration when I am tutoring.


In every tutoring session, we agree when and how I will check on progress.


After exploring possible options, it's not necessarily worth discussing what the goal should be.


I never make critical comments.


Every tutoring session I do ends with a commitment to a high priority action.


People should always find their own ideas/solutions when I tutor them.


It's important for me to provide a range of perspectives whenever I am tutoring someone.


I always focus on providing feedback that is both specific and constructive.


When I'm tutoring, future planning takes precedence over discussing what's been achieved in the past.


I always ask more open than closed questions (in a tutoring session).


The best tutors focus on providing practical proposals - rather than creative ideas.


I proactively include my friends/family in making any decisions affecting their welfare.


I believe that empowerment follows if you allow people to take their own decisions.


It's wrong to assume that everyone can make positive changes in their life.


I flex during any tutoring session between exploring problems and discussing goals.


I can take any feedback, good or bad.


Not everyone has underused skills and strengths.


In any tutoring session, I must focus on both my own limitations and those of the person being tutored.


The most effective coaches are both open-minded and curious about human personality differences.


Why do I need coaching skills in tutoring?

Coaching can involve any situation where one person supports another in achieving a goal. This can be a personal or professional role. We are all familiar with sports coaches, life coaches and business coaches. However, we all have a need for coaching skills in various aspects of our lives.

Basic Tutoring skills. Tutor with young learner.

Basic Tutoring skills.

The term coaching, in fact, was first used around the 1830s at Oxford University, as slang for a tutor who ‘carried’ a student through the exams. Therefore, referring to the action of ‘transporting’ someone from where they are to where they want to be.

However, parents coach their children in everything from table manners to problem-solving. Teachers coach their pupils in certain skills. Tutors coach their learners.

These skills are however not only for teachers, tutors and parents. People use similar skills across a wide range of life roles. Some refer to them as coaching skills. Developing these skills are a great benefit to your interpersonal relationships.


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