How to get the most out of your first online tutoring session.
When it comes to online tutoring, you will most surely be rewarded for the time and effort you invest. The initial stage of your first lesson will focus on getting to know you and your goals. The free twenty minute trial with Spires is perfect for this: by having a trial lesson with a tutor, you can decide if you are suited to each other before you fork out for lessons. If not, you can look for another tutor that may be more suited to your needs.
Create a list of questions or bullet points that you can refer to throughout the lesson. It can be difficult to remember everything you wanted to mention, or the specific topics that you want to focus on. Having a couple of cues will help rescue you from ‘stage fright’, helping the lesson flow and creating focus points to get you started.
Establish your goals and expectations – what would you like to achieve in your tutoring sessions, both long term and short term? This will help both you and your tutor to prepare and plan the techniques and activities that will benefit you most. Are you building up to exams? Do you have an assignment title that you’d like to plan for? Is there an ongoing topic that constantly baffles you?
Recognise your weak points and failures! Although failing can feel completely soul crushing at the time, it is a great way to identify areas of improvement so that you can accept it, work on it and move forward. Helping your tutor identify your weak areas will speed up your progress in every area, such as Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, and anything else that is considered impossible by mere mortals.
Don’t be afraid to tell your tutor how you enjoy learning and what you find demotivational and dull. It’ll be a waste of time listening to your tutor’s voice for an hour, if you learn better visually. Some tutoring platforms, such as Spires, have interactive whiteboards that are brilliant for explaining topics and questions through drawings, colours and diagrams.
Don’t forget to smile and relax! It is important to build a productive relationship with your tutor and you’ll feel much more confident in asking questions if you’re not meek and totally afraid of them. More importantly, your tutor will feel more inclined to put time into your lessons plans and ensure you progress if they warm to you!