It is important that you make the kind of impression that you want on your student and the parents. This might seem a bit intimidating, but remember as the tutor, you have the opportunity in the first tutorial to 'set the scene' and establish the kind of classroom environment that suits YOU. Many of your fears and concerns will be easy to handle if you are prepared. The following list contains key tasks for you to consider in preparation for your first tutorial class.
Get organised (find out if you're student is all set up online and free of any technical issues, organise materials such as past papers, example questions for the topic that you will cover for the day, and prepare an email with a list of homework questions that you want the student to complete during their own time).
Prepare material thoroughly (read the material and think about it – What will students find difficult to understand? What questions will I ask about it? etc.).
Use MrCarterMaths.com account (or request one from us), use ixl.com
, use our textbook library to prepare questions for the lesson.
Dress and always behave appropriately (dress to assert authority and credibility and behave in a professional manner).
Set up your virtual classroom before the lesson start time. This is very important modelling behaviour.
Make a strong start (be aware that nerves will be worst at the beginning– have some strategies to cope with these –outline the tutorial class and objectives, what is going to happen, etc.).
Talk about your expectations of them; establish a set of ground rules for their class (see below for ideas). You should behave in a way that the student has a sense that you care about them as individuals. This can help create the kind of atmosphere that facilitates learning. Imagine helping a mate or family member.
Facilitate the tutorial, don't dominate (refer to next chapter for more details)
Question skilfully (refer to next chapter for more details)
Be prepared with some strategies for dealing with challenging students (Refer to next Chapter for more details).
Reflect on your first tutorial class – How did it go? Did you achieve all your objectives and get through all the necessary material? What went well? What did you enjoy and what did the students seem to enjoy? What could be improved for next time? It is a good idea to write down your reflections. At this stage, commit to continuing the things that worked and changing the things that didn't (before these become your habits and the student expectations).