Keeping Yourself Busy

During the holidays, or breaks from tutoring, it’s easy to sit back and forget about everything. Yes, we as tutors need time to rest. Yes, like everyone we deserve a break. And yes, we should be able to set time aside to do what we love. However, often this is what we only tend do during the holidays or our breaks.

As Top of The Class Tutors, we’re called to be organised, efficient, prepared and ready for each class. That is why keeping yourself busy with organising the term ahead is crucial during the holidays.

During the term, we often find ourselves busy to prepare extra material, at times even struggling to plan lessons. Well, if this sounds like you as much as it sounds like me, then you need to keep yourself busy during the holidays!

I’m not saying that you can’t relax, you can’t take time off or enjoy the break, but what I am saying is that the holiday break is vital time to prepare for the term that is coming ahead.

Just think of the advantages of doing this, you’ll be more organised, prepared with lessons for future, you’ll have a firm plan and know exactly how to tackle out your lessons. Thus, in essence, during the term you’ll be less stressed or under pressure to preparing because you will have already done the bulk of the work.

Keeping yourself busy by planning and preparing is therefore what’s truly needed if you want to be an organised and efficient tutor.

So what’s there to plan during the break?

I’d like to give you practical activities that will keep you busy and organised for the term that lies ahead:

  • Firstly, gather your student’s tests, grades and determine what Specific areas need to still be addressed and re taught in the up coming term.
  • Call your student’s parents and ask them specific areas that they would like you to work on with your student. (May also be beneficial to call, email or send a letter to your student’s teacher for extra feedback).
  • Plan out a lesson by lesson outline of what you intend to do each week until the end of the term.
  • Print out all relevant worksheets and activities in advance of the lessons. Keep these organised and ordered in a folder.
  • Take time to come up with fun and enjoyable activities, games or quizzes (practical application of theory).
  • Write up potential quizzes or tests that you can give to your students at the end of the term after teaching all the content you had planned to teach.
  • Create an outline of your upcoming lessons in a diary or calendar

So, remember that while you may be doing more work now, it’ll pay off in the long run and will save all the stress and pressure during the term. Of course extra planning throughout the term is vital for clarity, however, keeping yourself busy and planning ahead is ultimately the key to remaining an organised and efficient tutor!

For more great tips, advice and strategies sent through by our excellent tutors, check out our Tutor Blog at our Tutoring Sydney website.

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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