As a home tuition teacher in Singapore, you can develop close relationships with your students. This can be difficult if they refuse to open up or engage with you. As the school year progresses and your relationship grows stronger, it is vital that both parties continue to nurture their bond so that it remains strong throughout their academic pursuits. Here are some ideas for engaging your students right away:
#1: Know Your Subject Well
It is important that you are well-versed in your subject. You should be able to respond to questions about the subject and explain it in a variety of ways. You should also be able to teach the subject in a way that students find interesting and easy to understand.
#2: Be Organised for the Class
Being organized is the first step in engaging your students.
Spend a few minutes before class preparing. Check that you have everything you need and that it is in the right place. Examine your lesson plan to ensure that it flows smoothly from one activity to the next, taking into account any changes that may be required based on what happens in the classroom. The last thing you want is for your student(s) to lose interest because they are bored or frustrated by something unexpected that occurs during the session.
#3: Get to Know Your Students and Their Families
Get to know your student and their families.
You want all of your students to feel at ease in front of you as they learn new things, so it’s important that they trust you with their personal information. You can accomplish this by asking them questions about their interests. Ask them what their favourite subject is and what areas of study are most interesting to them, or ask about their hobbies if the school curriculum makes no mention of hobbies or project-based learning activities. Consider a student’s lack of interest in anything as an area for improvement.
Find out what makes each student unique.
Asking general questions such as “What do you enjoy doing the most?” or “What is your favourite subject?” is great for establishing a great rapport with your students, but it won’t allow students to open up completely just yet because these types of questions don’t allow enough space for reflection and self-expression. Instead, try asking specific questions like “What did you find most surprising about yourself?” or “What do you already know about yourself that your classmates do not know?” This will help you build rapport with the student while also giving him/her the opportunity to share additional details about himself/herself and his/her family relationships.
#4: Establish Classroom Rules
Establish classroom rules. Classroom rules should be fair and apply to everyone. They must also be clear, simple, and consistently enforced. It is preferable to have one rule per page of paper so that students can easily refer back to them when needed.
Communicate clear classroom rules to your students’ parents before they begin home tuition lessons with you, preferably during orientation sessions held at their school or during open house events organized by your school during registration periods. You can also inform them about classroom policies through printed materials such as an information sheet or a handout sheet distributed right before classes begin. This can also be used as an introduction letter.
#5: Be Fair To Each Student
The first thing you should do as a home tuition teacher in Singapore is to be fair to each student. Each student is unique and should be treated accordingly. You must provide students with the opportunity to succeed. Never compare them to others because each child develops at his or her own pace and has a unique learning style. Never be too strict or too lenient with your students, as this can undermine their confidence and drive them away from learning.
#6: Be Positive and Encourage Success
Make an effort to maintain a positive attitude in the classroom. Students with a positive outlook on life are more likely to succeed and gain confidence. Encourage your students to look on the bright side of things, no matter how difficult it may appear at first. With enough encouragement and positivity, you can help them develop a positive mindset that will help them succeed in school and in life.
Encourage ambition and success. It is not only about being happy, but also about being ambitious enough to pursue your dreams. Encourage your students with wise words like “Never give up” or “You can do better next time.” These encouraging words will motivate them during difficult times in their studies, when they may feel like giving up or failing anyway due to exams coming up soon after the holidays, or even before.
#7: Make Lessons Fun
When you’re providing home tuition in Singapore, make the lessons enjoyable. It is important to find ways to keep your students engaged and motivated. Using a variety of different teaching methods is one of the best ways to accomplish this. Here are some suggestions:
- Pose questions to them and encourage them to respond.
- Have them brainstorm on a topic
- Have them complete tasks or activities rather than just reading from a book or listening to a lecture (this will help establish their role as an active participant rather than just an observer)
Providing home tuition in Singapore is different from teaching in school. You might be used to watching the students’ reactions and giving corrections on an ongoing basis, but if you are teaching at home, you need to be more organised.
You will also have fewer resources, especially if you are a tutor who has just graduated and started working independently. It can be hard for some students who come from homes where they were used to having a lot of resources such as books at their disposal.
In addition, students may not tell their parents about difficulties they face in school or may not be aware of what they need help with when they start out with home tuition sessions at your place. You have to make sure that every lesson plan meets each student’s needs completely before moving on from one topic to another.
Finally, there are many different ways to engage students from day one. As a home tuition teacher, you want to start off on the right foot with your new students. If you can do that early on, it will help build trust and confidence in each other which will lead to a better learning experience for everyone involved.