How do I learn to be an effective tutor?
February 3, 2013 6:01 PM Subscribe
If I know the material that I'm teaching well, but don't have any experience with tutoring or teaching, how do I learn the skills and techniques that will help me be an effective tutor?
posted by cognitio to Education (8 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I've just graduated college with a degree in physics and I'm about to start tutoring a friend in a first year intro mechanics course. I'm also hoping to pick up some more tutoring positions in the near future to help me get through this weird post-graduation time.
I'm pretty confident in my understanding of the material that I'll be teaching, aside from needing to review the specific techniques that are being covered, but I'm nervous that I don't have the proper communication and pedagogical skills to really help someone else learn the material.
In my past experience helping people out with their coursework, I get stuck when I have explained the way that I understand the problem from the fundamentals, but it hasn't "clicked" with them yet. I can recognize when someone else has a different learning style than me, but I have a hard time translating my style of understanding into theirs.
For people who have experience tutoring: where do you learn these skills? Are there any references you could point me to or tips/techniques you can share?
For people who have had helpful or unhelpful tutors in the past: What makes a great tutor for you? What should I learn to avoid?