The job description of private tutors is a very comprehensive one that goes beyond the academic support the tutor provides. You should also know the best ways to look after your student while tutoring them other than just knowing how to tutor.

The ability to oversee the well-being of a student is what differentiates one tutor from another and makes one more valuable. Many parents in Nigeria have a lot of work and business activities to keep up with daily. As such, it isn't easy to follow up on how well or otherwise their children are performing, and that is why they hire private tutors.

To bridge the gap between keeping up with their working experience or 9-5 job and ensuring their children are doing well in school, parents hire home tutors. With that, they don't expect you to teach their children maths, physics, chemistry, biology, or any other subject alone. Instead, you're expected to ensure every area of the student's life relating to academics is monitored.

As a tutor, how do you effectively look after a student while providing home lessons in Nigeria? What are the most important factors that matter when deciding how to tutor a child?

These questions and more are what this article seeks to address. In the end, it is expected that you not only be a tutor who can dispense the right knowledge alone but one who can go about private tutoring the right way.

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Take Out the First Class to Outline the Learning Conditions

It is a common saying that when the purpose of a thing is unknown, abuse is inevitable. A wise man also said when the destination is unknown, every road looks like it.

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Regardless of the venue, you are using for tutorials, make sure it is clean and suitable. (Source: bedrck)

As a tutor, your first lesson is essential because it allows you to get on the same page with your tutee. It is also the best time to be able to outline the mode of operation for your tutorials. Ensuring tutors and their students are on the same page is one of the reasons why most Superprof tutors offer the first hour of the first lesson free.

Generally, if you're hiring a tutor from Superprof in Nigeria, one of the perks you get to enjoy is a free first-hour class. Primarily, this is to help you analyze the quality of lectures the tutor is offering and decide if it is in line with what you want in a lesson and who you want in a person.

However, beyond allowing you to know your tutor and the type of lesson you will be getting, the first-hour free lesson helps you clear things up with the student. Here you can determine the level the student is at, whether primary, secondary or tertiary.

So, what are some important factors you must outline during the first lesson?

  • The time of the tutorials

When students learn in a conventional school system, the learning time is fixed. They know they are to be in school and back home at a particular time. With home tutoring, it is entirely different as it is expected to be more flexible.

One of the things you are to agree on with your students is the time of the tutorials. Both parties have to come to a mutual agreement to decide what time of the day works best for them. You're also expected to determine how often the academic support will happen in a week or month.

  • The cost of the tutorials

Another important thing that should be outlined during the first lesson is the cost of the tutorials. Usually, Superprof charges on an hourly basis. So, every hour spent learning with a tutor comes at a cost.

Several factors influence the cost of private tutorials in Nigeria. From the location to the course, student's level, and duration of lessons, it isn't easy to peg the cost of private tutorials. How much a tutor will charge in Lagos might differ from how much will be charged in Abuja or Kano.

However, it is your duty as a tutor to analyze all the factors that influence the cost to determine your hourly rate. You're expected to communicate this to the students or their parents during the first lesson to ensure everyone is on the same page.

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  • The location of the tutorials

Finally, you will also have to decide on the location of the tutorials with your tutee. When it comes to choosing a location, three broad options are opened for consideration.

First, you can consider taking the tutorials at the student's house, which is always the most preferred option. Alternatively, tutorials can occur in the tutor's home, especially if the tutor stays in a rural area where private teachers are scarce. Finally, there is the option of taking private tuition online, which is an excellent option considering the digital world we live in.

Online tuition means you can teach at any time of the day without having to journey to a location. A child who can't figure out their way around the city can also learn from their homes if they opt for home tuition online.

Appearing well for private tutorials.
Your appearance in a tutorial session creates a lasting first impression on the children and their parents. (Source: Free-Photos)

Appearing Well For Your Tutorials

Tutors should always pay attention to their appearance, and it doesn't matter whether it is the first lecture or the second or third. Looking after a student while providing home tuition starts with you looking after yourself.

Students learn a lot from what they see than what they hear. As such, your appearance not only says a lot about your person but can also teach your students many things.

With a good appearance, especially during the first lesson, you can show the children how responsible you are. Parents always want their children to be around the right people, and they can tell whether you're such a person from the way you appear to your first lesson.

You don't have to look all formal to look good for private tutorials. All you need is to look like the good tutor you are and appear responsible enough to make the student trust your abilities.

Worthy of note is, appearance, here, doesn't mean your clothes alone, but everything about your person. When you show up for lessons, put up a smiling face to everyone around you. That will help create a conducive learning environment for students. It will also make them find you sociable enough to relate with you, which, in turn, makes it easy for you to look after them.

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How to Evaluate Your Student's Level

To successfully look after your students when providing academic support, evaluating their experience level is vital. To do this, you will have to consider three important factors, and they are:

  • The age of the student

The first factor to consider when evaluating the experience level of your students is their age. When you know their age, it becomes possible to know the best teaching approach to use.

This is important because you're most likely not going to teach a five-year-old child maths the same way you teach a sixteen-year-old. Their age difference means they will not understand at the same pace and level.

  • The areas they need academic support in

After determining a student's age, the next step is to find the subjects they need help in and the best ways you can get them to read better. Some students do well in the English language and struggle with mathematics. Others do well in physics and struggle with programming.

Identifying the areas or subjects like maths, English, physics, and chemistry that a child needs academic support in helps you do your job better and faster.

  • Their current performance in the subject

Finally, you have to determine the current performance level of the student in the subject. Do they need academic support because they want to prepare for exams? Or is it because they are performing poorly in their school work?

Knowing students' current performance levels helps you as a tutor to know how to plan your lessons and the best ways to go about it.

Making your tutorials interactive
Whether you are teaching music or math, make it as interactive as possible. Source: Unsplash

Integrating Interactive Sessions into Your Teachings

Every tutor should make learning fun for their tutee. One of the best ways to do this is to integrate interactive sessions into your teaching approach, especially when it's a subject like maths.

Are there games or activities that can help students understand a particular course or subject better?

If yes, find those games and include them in your teaching plan.

Teachers who make use of interactive sessions and activities have proven to be more effective in improving the education level of their students than others. Children learn faster when there is something they can relate to while learning, and that's where games become necessary.

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Note for Students

As a student searching for a great tutor to hire for tutoring jobs, your best shot is to hire from Superprof. Here, you will find experienced tutors who have the right qualifications and are able to teach and monitor your progress. Interestingly, you can find them everywhere in Nigeria - Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Enugu, Kaduna, Kano, and every other state.

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