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10 Tutoring Techniques to push a C student to an A Student

As a struggling student myself I was impacted by a teacher that made learning fun and engaging. She sought to build relationship with me and the feeling of being a "special" student in her class made such a huge difference in my motivation to learn and work hard. 

The 10 steps that I would suggest for moving a C Student to an A Student are described below: 

1.  Start by building relationship with the student and parent (virtually or in person). Introduce yourself and ask the student what their interests are and what sports/ activities they are involved in. Listen intuitively when the student talks about themselves/ family/ events they like to attend. Follow-up by asking how did football go? OR did you win the game you were playing online? 

2. Introduce your mistakes / failures to the student. Let them know you are not perfect and share some embarrassing moments you've had to help them feel safe opening up to you. You might also find a way to share something personal with the student that could relate to their age appropriate experiences or pre-mature life experiences. 

3. Explain the benefits the student will get from working with you. Describe the fun activities you like to do like compile student poetry into a book that will be published for the class or bring excitement to the lesson knowing how to cheer a student up or make them laugh. 

4. Constantly check in with informal (give me a thumbs up if you understood the lesson you learned in class with your teacher) or also bring a reward for going from a B to an A on a test in their science class or history class. 

5. Encourage the student that they can do it and even show them how you are able to learn something new from them! If you didn't understand something they taught, say," wow I don't get it, would you mind re-teaching your "teacher" how to do that! 

6. The tutor and parent can both make comments such as "I'm so proud of you" will also help the student be motivated to do even a little more because they know you are noticing.

7. Ask the student to teach you how to do the thing they told you they were really good at! Ask them if its okay to show to your sister/ brother and tell them the positive statements they made after seeing the skill.

8. Always visually show the student the progress they made from day 1 up to the point you are currently at with the student. Using a diagram or chart of questions and explain what the data means in age appropriate terms. 

9. When you try a strategy that doesn't work for the student, say "wow I totally messed that up", do you have a better idea of how I could've done that for you to make it more fun. Be willing to ask what you can do to change how you are teaching to not be so boring or to let them take control of their learning.

10. Lastly, give them an opportunity to visually present to you what they have learned. Students love demonstrating just as much as teachers/ tutors/ parents do! 

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and please let me know how it helped you/your student !! :)
Teyana M
Experienced ELA Teacher
Park University
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