With term four coming to a start, it’s only a matter of weeks before the year is over. The warmer days, the spring sensation and the Christmas holidays around the corner, it’s no wonder why students are happier this time of year!
Most tutors come to terms with the fact that as the Summer holidays approach, students and their parents will begin to cancel lessons and hold off until the new year.
But why not encourage them to keep going?
Well, in my opinion, holidays are actually the best time to learn.
Most students, come home from a busy day of school, tired and pushing through their tutoring sessions. Conversely, on the holidays, students regain energy, rest and are more energetic and motivated to approach their work. They have no school and are likely have less activities during this time, meaning they are less tired.
Moreover, holidays offer the ability for flexible lessons to be scheduled. They can be done in the morning, the afternoon, or whatever else tickles your fancy. No more limitations, no more sticking to the same old routine of after school lessons, no, no, no! You see, tutoring during the holidays is easy, flexible and able to be done at best time.
You want another advantage? Well, tutoring during the school holidays will ensure your students will not forget content, revise and revisit theory. This will keep your students prompt and confident for the new year that lies ahead.
It is 100% advantageous and beneficial for all students whom choose to get tutoring during the holidays. By doing this, they’re placed in a better position than any other student within their class.
So, what’s your job as the tutor? Well, you need to encourage, inspire and persuade your students and their parents to consider tutoring sessions during the holidays.
Remember, it’s never about forcing them to do this. It must be a proposition that you propose to them, and their decision to decide.
So, how do you encourage, inspire and persuade them to consider holiday tutoring?
Well, in short, the answer is through expressing and explaining all the advantageous benefits that follow from tutoring on the holidays. I’ve listed some above, however, here is a more comprehensive list:
- Keeps the student revising and practicing their work
- Great opportunity to revisit skills that need to be readdressed, and fill in those gaps in their learning before the new year approaches with new challenges
- Keeps students organised and accountable
- Ensures that they don’t forget or become rusty with certain concepts
- Flexible hours and times to schedule in tutoring
- Increases motivation and effort for the next year that lies ahead
- Keeps them up to date
- Increases confidents and effort
- They’re likely to be more focussed and less distracted because they are not tired or exhausted from school or other activities. Thus, tutoring on the holidays is actually more effective.
So, as you have observed, there are many benefits to tutoring on the holidays. If you are unsure how to approach your students or their parents with this idea, take note of the advantages of tutoring on holidays and bring these benefits to their attention.