Tutors are not fairies. They don’t fix a problem so you can continue academic mistakes. When you request a tutor, he or she may already know what the problem is. Solving it takes input from everyone associated with it. That includes the student.
The Tutor May Be Armed
The tutor has some background information about the situation. Usually, he or she will know whether the student is performing at grade level. If not, a pretest will reveal that and more. For instance, it will tell the tutor exactly what a student’s skill level is for a subject and at what grade level. This is true even if the student is below his or her assigned grade level in that subject. Tutors are prepared.
What the Tutor Recommends
Between lessons, the tutor may expect the student to complete special assignments or do some other activity. Even if the suggestion is to read for pleasure, do so. There are many benefits to following the tutor’s advice. They’ve got reasons for their suggestions. Ask one if you want to understand the methods.
If the Student Ignores a Tutor’s Guidance…
It will hinder progress. The tutor has knowledge the student doesn’t possess. The idea is to improve the student’s performance. This is especially relevant when a student is behind his or her assigned grade level. Why? Such a student has the following concerns each day:
- Because there will still be homework for the assigned grade level class.
- There will be tutoring sessions two to three times a week.
- The tutor may assign work or activities to be done between sessions.
- That’s a lot of work if it’s ignored and allowed to pile up.
Tutoring Is a Tutor’s Job, But…
The tutor isn’t the one who needs tutoring! Without student effort, the process is in vain. Just like the teacher isn’t the only one responsible for student progress, neither is the tutor. Everyone in the tutoring process is there to help the student. Except for the pupil, they’ve all jumped that hurdle and succeeded. Trust the tutor!