Capturing Attention

The most important and vital goal for tutors is that they strive to help their students achieve their best. We want to see them progress, we want to see them improve, however, sometimes this is difficult to obtain.

Simple distractions, a lack of concentration and focus can all be little but critical aspects to considering why students may not be achieving their best in their work.

For optimal results and high achievement, students need to put in the effort, time and motivation.

As tutors, we get so caught up in teaching students, that we often lack in assisting them to become enthusiastic, motivated and empowered to accomplish any task and overcome any challenge that they may be facing.

Thus, as tutors it’s our job to captivate them, get them focussed and motivated to ensure they will achieve their best in their learning.

Well, with this comes the question, how can we captivate their attention?

I’ve done a little bit of experimenting with one of my students, and I’ve noted the activities and keys that worked, and ones that didn’t. I was so shocked to find that by simply rearranging my lessons, altering activities, and changing things up to meet his needs and interests, that he became more motivated and energetic towards his work and effort.

Firstly, I found technology to be a life saver. You have to think, this upcoming generation is immersed in technology, it’s everywhere! That is why, often, activities sheets and worksheets appear boring, useless and un captivating. Completing activities online, playing online games to test knowledge and quizzes are great ways to teach and revise content in a way that is interesting and fun, that will therefore get students focussed and motivated.

Secondly, setting out a plan and expressing this to your student at the start of every class is vital to ensuring they remain energized and captivated. Personally, I found that by laying out a template for my students, expressing the activities that will be done in the class, enables them to not only understand your plan, but it gives them something to look forward to. Mentioning that you have planned a game to play for the end of the lesson, for example, will keep them excited and motivated to get through their work because they know they have something fun to look forward to.

Moreover, praising your student’s efforts, and occasionally bringing in a chocolate or lolly will also motivate them to want to do their work with full effort. Please understand, I am not talking about bribing your students, I  am simply saying that students, when they have done great work and put in a lot of effort, deserve to be celebrated and acknowledged. I found that by thanking my students for their effort (whenever I observe them going above and beyond the norm) and encouraging them, enabled them to feel more empowered and strengthened to continue this kind of effort within their work.

So, these are simple, yet critical ways that I have physically observed succeed within my tutoring. If you find that your student’s struggle to focus, lack motivation, and energy, start trying out these keys to capturing their attention and watch them become equipped and empowered to achieve their goals and complete their work. Ultimately, getting your students into this kind of habit will enable them to improve, succeed and achieve optimal results in their subjects!

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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