Taking up a new teaching job, or are you an experienced tutor taking on a new student? Well we all are a bundle of nerves at some point in our lives, and any new start comes with its own share of anxieties. It is important for everyone to make a positive first impression that will help you ease in to the role of teacher more smoothly, as well as gain an acceptance from the person hiring you for the role.
Here are a few tips that will help you cruise through your first day with more ease and confidence:
- Preparation Is The Key – Be prepared when going to meet your client with regards to their needs, the problem areas, and their expectations. Fix a time, and date and make sure you have conveyed to them regarding the required study material you’ll need to conduct the class.
- *Study Environment *– Make sure the lesson is being conducted in a quiet and comfortable environment for both you and the student. The room should be equipped with study material, and lack distractions like television, games, and access to a noisy area.
- *Build A Connection *– During the first lesson, concentrate on getting to know each other, discuss his/her study needs, study preference, problem areas, and expectations. Tell the student a bit about yourself, your teaching expertise, and teaching techniques. Apart from the professional conversation, try and become friendly and learn a bit about the likes and dislikes of your student. This can help you in teaching a lesson more effectively at times.
- *Communicate *– Chart out a study plan and requirements. Assess problem areas and use different tools to help them overcome their learning issues. For example, if a student has problem memorizing spellings, or information a good technique would be to introduce them to mnemonics; or if a student has sharper visual learning then mind maps are a great visual learning tool. Understand how your student’s mind works and try to work the student’s strengthens. Communication with the student will help you assess his/her needs better!
- Study Plan – After understanding the needs, and the student’s current standing, devise a detailed study plan addressing what all you will cover, and how much time you intend put in on covering those topics.
- *Homework *– Self-study is an important part of any learning process. So give your student home work from day one, but also remember that they already have enough burden from school, and home tuitions that you don’t want to take all their time in just studies. Also try giving homework, which is an out of the box and involves engaging in some fun activities.
These simple tips are just a reminder to ease you in to your first teaching lesson with more comfort and confidence. Keep in mind these basic, and you are sure to deliver a great first lesson.