The Benefits of Planning

I was once asked to perform a speech in front of a group of year 10 students in the hope to persuade them to continue Italian throughout VCE. I had to give them all the advantages and benefits, from personal experience, of learning another language.

As time passed, the day for the speech came, however, like many of us, it was a busy time with university that I really didn’t allow myself time to think or prepare.

I had to rush myself on the train, thinking of ideas. I struggled for reasons to give and how to persuade, and I’m sure I would have been a lot less nervous giving the speech if I had of prepared and organised my notes in advance.

So what happened? Well, nothing! I did my speech, all went well, however, it was the stress, struggle and rush of having to prepare things last minute that should have already been organised.

The same is true with tutoring. When lesson plans and ideas are left to last minute, this can often increase stress, anxiety and nervousness.

That’s why, planning is essential and critical to ensuing you can remain an organised, effective, confident, responsible tutor.

Both the students and parents also count on you as a tutor to do this!

So, we’ve all seen blogs on how to plan and ideas on what to plan, but what specifically are the benefits of planning?

Hee is how I like to remember the benefits of planning: 

  • P – Prepared – As a tutor that plans lessons in advance for their classes, they’re prepared! There is nothing better than feeling organised and ready to tackle any question or idea a student has within a class!
  • L – Less Lazy – Planning means you are proactive and stimulated in your mind. Therefore, planning involves you to think and not be lazy! Sometimes, tutors walk into a session not knowing the content they’re about to teach themselves. Thus, planning forces you to be less lazy and understand/review the content to ensure you have a sophisticated understanding, capable to teach it.
  • A – Arranged – Planning is also advantageous because it causes you to arrange and organise your subjects, ideas, activities and materials into order. You can feel confident, relaxed and prepared when arranged and organised!
  • N – Neat – Planning is critical to ensuring you remain neat. Often, tutors that don’t have a routine of planning, or plan here and there, often loose materials, misplace activities, have worksheets within other different folders, and so on. In simple terms, those that don’t plan create mess and confusion! Planning, consequently, forces you to be organised and accordingly, it causes you to be neat and tidy.

As you can see, planning is very advantageous and very critical to ensuring you are a prepared, passionate and responsible tutor whom is organised and confident in teaching. Whenever you get into the habit, as I did, of allowing a busy life, or other priorities to get into the way of planning, stop yourself and go back to remind yourself on all the benefits of planning!

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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