Having The Right Attitude

It’s so easy as tutors, to come into our classes feeling drained and tired. After a long day of studies, work or other commitments, it is easy to kick tutoring to the curve and allow it to become a mundane, routine thing.
When this happens, we as tutors lack motivation, energy and therefore the appropriate skills to teach and help our students grow. This kind of attitude is also contagious and will almost always effect the student.

So, how do we as tutors keep and maintain a motivated and positive attitude?

As a tutor, I am determined to not allow my classes to just become another “chore” or “tick” off my list. I want each class to be one of purpose, improvement and growth. So, I’ve learnt that in order for my students to get the right skills they need, become more productive, energised, engaged and focused, it all starts with me as the tutor.

I’d like to make this as simple as possible, which is why I’ve simplified it in an acronym from the work “Attitude” :

A– Always come prepared and organised with lesson plans before every class. Do not leave plans till last minute and do not come unprepared for a class.
T– Teach with passion, love and energy. Refuse any feelings of tiredness or lack of energy and push through with enjoying every moment.
T– Tell yourself positive, uplifting words. Refuse to meditate on negative, unmotivated thoughts.
I– Identify your priorities and get rid of any unnecessary plans in your schedule. This will clear up time and will enable you to not feel so busy, and in a rush, allowing time for refreshment and rest.
T– Time management is key to retaining strength and energy. Make sure you manage your time to ensure you are getting enough sleep, getting enough rest and able to fulfil everything on your schedule.
U– Utilise online resources and activities to make lessons more fun, and enjoyable. These also break up the lessons to ensure you’re not talking the whole hour. It’s a great way to apply learnt knowledge and to not have to exert a lot of energy.
D– Diary keeping is key to remaining organised and efficient. Keep s diary to ensure you do not overload or overbook yourself with commitments.
E– End each lesson with an encouraging message for your students. This will cause them to see that you are a motivated, supportive tutor that desires to see them grow and achieve all their objectives.

If you’re one of those tutors, and we all are at times, that become tired, dragged down, just going through the motions of your job, put a stop to it now and follow this easy acronym. In doing so, you will rejuvenate your passion, energy and motivation for teaching. Remember, when it comes to students, more is caught than taught, which is why keeping a motivated and positive attitude as a tutor is critical. Try these tips out today!

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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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