Self Confidence

Often, as tutors, we know that in order for our students to succeed, they need to have self confidence. They need to grab a hold of a positive mindset and believe in themselves. This attitude is great, however, when it comes to confidence, I often think the role of the tutor is overlooked.

It isn’t just vital that students have confidence, but it’s critical that tutors do too! Without self confident tutors, students will struggle to grasp concepts, improve in their work ethic, motivation and ultimately achieve their goals.

“How does this happen?” You may ask. Let’s explore this with an illustration…

Imagine you are a student and are getting a tutor for the first time to help you in your English essays. Your excited, your keen and your driven to do well. All of a sudden, prior to the class, your mum receives a call from the tutor. She sounds very nervous, simple and quickly rushes through the conversation. You seem a little sceptical, yet you wait for the class. Finally the class arrives, you meet your tutor and you begin to work. The tutor has prepared material, they have planned things to do, yet they are very monotone, emotionless and doesn’t ask for any questions or opinions of your own. How would you feel about this tutor?

I mean, they’ve done all the right things. They’ve contacted your parents prior to the class, they’ve prepared and planned her lessons, they’ve organised materials, but what is it that they lack? The answer is, confidence!

You see, as tutors, we can be doing everything right, however, without confidence it is worth nothing!

If you were to have a tutor like the one described above, do you expect to improve, achieve those objectives of doing well in English? The very core confidence of a student to do well is found in their belief in their tutors. If they believe their tutors are smart, confident, organised and teach well, then they will believe in themselves to do well. You see, it’s believing in you that they believe in themselves.

So, how do tutors become and show attributes of confidence? Below is a series of ways and simple keys that I have used to build more confidence as a tutor:

  • Contact the parents with a positive, energetic and motivated attitude. I always express my plans, hopes and objectives for the student. I will always ask the parents if they have any concerns or questions and will always provide solutions on how to overcome these issues.
  • Encouraging the student. I always try and motivate my students through my words. I uplift them when they aren’t in the mood, I praise them for their efforts and I celebrate all improvements and progress they make.
  • Teaching with passion. It’s so important as a tutor to not allow the mundane, routine kind of attitude to slip into our teaching. I always attempt to teach with excitement, passion and enthusiasm despite how I am feeling on the day.
  • Go through goals. Setting objectives with your student is so important to showing your confidence in them. It will cause them to grow and develop a longing to achieve their goals no matter the cost.
  • Speak with confidence and clarity.

So, when it comes to helping students build confidence, remember that the confidence starts in you! Attempt these simple keys out and watch yourself become a more confident tutor!

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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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