Students often use tutoring to help them achieve a short term goal: raise a grade, get through an exam, or catch up from behind. However, tutoring can achieve much more than just those short term goals. Tutoring can have significant long term rewards.
Tutors offer important tools to help you achieve short term goals. These tools can help students throughout their academic career and beyond. One tool tutors offer is time management. Students find themselves behind or overwhelmed and turn to tutors for help. A tutor can help a student get caught up and teach time management skills so that the student doesn’t fall behind again. Learning how to keep track of dates, spread out work to meet deadlines, create a study plan and prioritize are all skills that will help you everyday.
When facing exams, tutors impart confidence to their students. A tutor can help a student see where they excel and encourage them on an individual level that teachers may not be able to offer. A tutor can give students a greater sense of confidence about a specific subject or exam, or even more generalized self confidence. When students feel confident about themselves, they will feel less anxiety and will be more likely to perform well on exams or coursework. This sense of confidence can be lasting and can even help students perform well in higher education and their future careers.
Personalized Study Methods
Tutors can also help students discover their learning styles and develop study methods specific to their needs. Teachers cannot offer the individualized attention necessary to help a student discover their learning style. A tutor can take the time to find the best methods for learning for their student. When a student has developed excellent study methods, all of their studying will be more efficient and productive. Productive study time may mean that a student won’t have to spend as much time studying and will be able to more effectively engage with the material.
Long Term Tools for Success
Overall, a tutor can impart time management skills, encourage confidence, and teach personally effective study methods. These are the long term rewards that come with excellent tutoring. Don’t be afraid to use tutoring to achieve short term needs, but know that you are also gaining what you need to succeed throughout life.
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