A Template for Success

Sometimes, in order to get the hang of things, in order to get some kind of assistance and guidance, we just need a template. Imagine a little boy beginning to learn how to ride a bike; he’ll use training wheels to help him learn how to balance. Eventually, once he practices, he can remover the training wheels and ride without them. Or take someone who goes to the gym for instance. If they have a goal to become fit and muscular, they must first start with the baby weights and programs to help them get used to it. As they begin to train, and practice, they’ll increase their weights and alter their programs to adjust to their new level.

Like everything, tutoring is the same deal. Often we get so worked up having to prepare lessons and provide materials, that we lack the training and structure to do so. Especially if you’re someone like me, studying as a student in university, you’ll have no idea about how to do any of these things successfully without any assistance.

So how do we as tutors succeed if we aren’t qualified teachers? We aren’t experts? And we don’t have experience? Like with everything, we need some sort of guidance and template.

First things first, you’ll need a planning template. Stop wasting time thinking of how to structure your lessons, plan your activities, and begin using a template! Teacher planning templates are easily accessible on the internet. Lesson planners, are a great idea, as they help you prepare organised lessons that are structured and regulated. They also help you to remember what you must prepare and by when.

Next, instead of just thinking of activities and creating resources, you can gain great ideas through online activity games and worksheets. While it’s great to create your own resources, sometimes online activity sheets provide better structure in teaching a certain topic. They can also give you great ideas, examples and help save time for you in the long run. Let’s face it, these days kids are glued to anything that involves a screen. So, preparing online quizzes or activities might also help to stimulate and keep the focus of the student.

Another template that is also helpful for everyone, a diary. This thing is a life saver. Recording your schedule in a diary will ensure you are managing your time well, keeping organised and prioritising everything in order.

You may also wish to seek feedback from personal teachers and other experienced people. Seeking advice, ideas and questions are great guides and templates to ensure you are teaching and preparing material in the appropriate manner to ensure the best results for your students. This can be done by meeting up or talking to an expert via phone or in person. You may also wish to volunteer your time, for example, one day a week for a few hours, to help out in a class room. This will give you firsthand experience with both a teacher and the students, and will thus increase your knowledge and ability.

You see, in life, everyone needs assistance. Everyone needs a bit of guidance and everyone needs a bit of support. Attempt these simple tips that act as templates and guides, and watch yourself become an excellent, organised and effective tutor!

About Chiara Petrelli

Chiara is one of our Tutoring Melbourne team members. Chiara has always been a role model student and enthusiastic high achiever, earning numerous academic awards for a wide range of subjects during her school career including Italian, English, Religion and Society and Legal Studies. She achieved an impressive ATAR in the 90’s with especially strong results in English, and she is currently undertaking her Bachelor of Arts / Education degree at the University of Melbourne where she is studying to become a fully qualified School Teacher.

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