How to politely tell a student that he should find another tutor.
October 3, 2012 5:03 PM Subscribe
I have a student that I tutor and I want to find a polite way to tell him that I want to stop tutoring him.
posted by Proginoskes to education (24 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I tutor university level math. My students are around 18 - 19 years old. Many students I tutor are studious and make an effort to keep on top of their work. One particular student does not. He doesn't do any homework and he doesn't review the things we talked about in our previous meetings. During our tutoring sessions, he communicates as little as possible with me and is often on the verge of falling asleep. It's clear that he doesn't actually want to attend the tutoring sessions (his mom set them up for him). And it's very exhausting tutoring someone when they aren't making an effort to meet me halfway.
I feel like my time is best served helping students who are willing to do work and make an effort to pay attention during our sessions together. However, I am having trouble coming up with a way to politely and gracefully communicate that things are not working out and that he should find another tutor.