Tutoring is a unique process that is individualized and personal, yet grounded and informed. More specifically, I've come to believe that each student coming to Varsity Tutors should be treated on a case by case basis - depending on the student's personality, willingness to contribute and learning style. No two students should be approached the same. This personalized attention sets tutors apart from teachers and professionals because it allows each session to be more engaging and stimulating.
Effective collaboration is essential for the tutee to get the most help in improving as a student. When the student feels comfortable in opening up about his/her work, I've found that the tutoring time is much more productive for both the tutor and the tutee. In order to create an intellectually simulating environment, I find that establishing a positive rapport from the moment the tutor meets the tutee is essential. Simple gestures like giving a firm handshake, smiling and enthusiasm really show the students that I am open to conversation and questions. This unique collaboration process is what really helps to make each tutorial personal, engaging and worthwhile.
It is also important to make clear in the beginning of the session that learning is a process that will involve mistakes. Therefore, students should not walk in expecting to come out perfect. Rather, seeing small improvements each session that carry out into all of their education.
Through collaborations that help the tutee throughout the learning process, I am available to offer assistance in; organizing, strategizing, creating effective study skills and organizing thoughts. Moreover, I am not here to simply correct and rewrite solutions. The student must maintain sole ownership of his/her work. While I understand that certain students may require a more directive firm of tutoring than others, being more directive does not mean simply giving out the solution. Rather, it may mean being more instructive and allowing the tutee to practice what was just learned.