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Tips for getting the most out of a tutoring session

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Tips for getting the most out of a tutoring session

Studying virtually with an online tutor has a whole array of benefits for both the tutor and students. Working with an online tutor can help students to better understand course material. The best way to get the most out of tutoring is to be prepared for online sessions.

In this article we will discuss the benefits of using elearnus’ tutoring services and then will provide you with some tips that will allow you to really get the most out of your online tutoring sessions.

Why should you use elearnus’ online tutors rather than face-to-face tutors?

Despite there being the perception by many that online tutoring is inferior to face-to-face tutoring, with today’s IT driven and fast-paced learning environment, online tutoring is extremely effective. Online tutoring is becoming more and more popular due to a number of factors like technological advances and the pandemic. Both tutors and students can benefit from online learning experiences and students can really reach their potential from the comfort of their home.

So what are the benefits exactly?

Online tutoring is more convenient.

You no longer have to drive to a specific location, instead students can study at home with their tutor at their convenience. This also means that tutors can teach students from anywhere in the world.

Online tutoring with our LMS doesn’t feel like school for students.

Many students find it easier to learn and retain more information in the relaxed environment of being at home than they would in the classroom.

Students have the undivided attention of their online tutor.

Students can benefit from a study session with the undivided attention of their tutor, rather than being in a virtual class full of students.

More introverted students are more likely to ask questions online.

Some introverted students are too shy to ask the teacher questions in front of a class full of students. Online learning provides students with a more open environment to ask questions about topics they don’t understand.

No risk of contracting illnesses.

This is extremely important in the age of coronavirus and with the need for social distancing, learning from the comfort of a student’s home means that there is no risk of the student or tutor transmitting illnesses to each other.

Students can work at their own pace.

Teachers in the classroom are required to keep to a curriculum and all students must work at the same pace no matter their academic ability, their learning style, or how fast they learn. The great thing about using elearnus is that students can work at their own pace. This means that the tutor can return to topics that the child finds difficult. The student will move onto the next topic only when they are ready.

How to get the most of your tutoring session

Bring along all course materials

It’s essential to bring along all course materials to tutoring sessions. This includes items like the curriculum, books and personal notes.

Continue studying after your session.

Learning cannot just be done during tutoring sessions, it’s also important to practice what you have studied in order to reinforce what you’ve learnt.

Do not complete your online session from bed.

Instead of travelling to school for example, studying in bed may sound like a dream to many students, but in reality, studying in bed does not boost productivity, it actually has the opposite effect.

Studying and completing your online tutoring sessions in bed reduces sleep quality, work productivity and energy levels. This is because student’s start to associate bed with studying and schoolwork.

Get a good night’s sleep.

At elearnus we follow specialists advice. The National Sleep Foundation guidelines advise that healthy adults require between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night. Young children and teens need more sleep to allow their growth and development. If students sleep for fewer hours than recommended than this or have a disruptive night’s sleep, then chances are they will be tired in the morning and therefore not as productive. Students should keep distractions away from them while they sleep, such as turning off their phone if they have one, putting it on silent or even better, not having a phone nearby at all while sleeping.

Know how you learn.

Most people have heard that different people learn in different ways. There is a theory called the VAK/VARK model that suggests that there are seven different learning styles and they are customised towards different strengths and the five senses to help a person to remember information more efficiently. This is why here at elearnus we believe it is important for students to identify their learning style.

Research shows that each learning style uses different parts of the brain, here are the different learning styles:

  • Visual (spatial) learner
  • Aural (auditory) learner
  • Verbal (linguistic) learner
  • Physical (kinesthetic) learner
  • Logical (mathematical) learner
  • Social (interpersonal) learner
  • Solitary (intrapersonal) learner

Be patient.

Being patient with your learning progress is the best way to succeed while learning remotely. The material may take some time to completely process because everyone learns at their own pace. Try to reduce anxiety by practicing stress relief, many students find that meditation helps them. Some students also find that exercise helps, there are many exercise options to fit all ages and exercise levels. Students could go for a run during their break, they could sign up to an online class or if they’re feeling especially adventurous, try some yoga. It’s all down to personal preference but students should try to mix things up to avoid becoming bored.

Reduce distractions.

Students should ensure that their tutoring sessions are in a quite area and that they remove distractions like their mobile phones, materials that are not beneficial to the session, or anything that draws their attention from their work.

Students should also set rules with people they live with so that they are not interrupted while they are studying or during their tutoring sessions. At elearnus we recommend that students inform people they live with of their study schedule and when classes with teachers will be taking place as background noise can be very distracting while studying and will therefore have a negative impact on productivity.

Our mission is to create skilled, confident and responsible individuals who aspire to achieve their full potential. We do this by providing education services to schools, nurseries, education centres and tutors to provide a safe and supportive remote learning environment where all learners are equal and all achievements are celebrated.

You are just one step away from having access to the best online tutors for you or your child. After learning more about the benefits of online tutoring and considering our tips for getting the most out of your tutoring session, that you register with elearnus. Students will be provided with the tools to succeed and reach their full potential both academically and socially.

Bibliography

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VARK – A Guide to Learning Styles. 2021. The VARK Modalities. [online] Available at: <https://vark-learn.com/introduction-to-vark/the-vark-modalities/> [Accessed 5 July 2021].

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