Qualities of the Effective Tutor
Qualities of the Effective Tutor

Born and raised in Willowbrook near Burr Ridge, Illinois, Eric Baumbach has contributed to his community form a young age. Now a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Eric Baumbach of Willowbrook serves as a refugee-tutoring coordinator through his service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega.

Tutoring allows a student to receive the kind of individualized instruction only available through one-on-one interactions, although it requires a number of special skills on the part of the tutor. The tutor needs to be able to gain the student's trust and build a strong bond, which in turn allows the tutor to build a more integrated knowledge of the child's strengths and interests. The tutor can then use this information to make lessons relevant, engaging, and effective.

A truly skilled tutor combines this connection with in-depth knowledge of the subject. This allows the tutor to present the information at an appropriate pace for the student's level of understanding and to avoid frustrating or boring the student. Furthermore, if the tutor understands the content, he or she can incorporate real-life applications and shift the learning when the student shows curiosity about a particular aspect of the topic, thus keeping the lesson as relevant as possible.

Finally, the tutor must communicate skillfully with teachers, parents, and students. He or she must be able to show patience with and confidence in the student, while also knowing how to check in with parents and instructors about the child's progress. This kind of teamwork can maximize the effectiveness of the tutoring relationship.
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