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December 14, 2011 2:03 PM Subscribe
How do I effectively tutor someone in high school English and History?
posted by themaskedwonder to education (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Hey, MeFi. By some miracle, I landed a job as an English tutor for a big test company, though I've never taught professionally before. (I graduated from college last year.) I'll be teaching high-school AP English Lit/Language, History, and some SAT Critical Reading prep.
The question is: um, how do I do this?
The company doesn't provide their own materials or much training at all; I'm basically a contractor through them, and I'm given free reign within the two hours of tutoring I do each session. This scares the ever-living shit out of me. English-related subjects were pretty easy for me in high school--I was a big reader on my own time, I did well on essays, etc. How do I "teach" this to someone when it's somewhat intuitive to me now?
My first session is coming up soon. The student I'm assigned to will be bringing in his history/literature materials (I guess he's studying literature in historical context in class) and I'm freaking out about how not to screw him over.
Any former/current humanities tutors out there have any advice? Thanks!