Tutor characteristics – section four

tutor and studentThis is section four of a five-section series on “An A to Z Checklist of Tutor Characteristics.” The other sections in the series include:

Section 1: Adaptability, Assessment, Confidentiality, Commitment, Creativity

Section 2: Empathy, Enthusiasm, Emergency Preparedness, Fairness, Flexibility

Section 3: Friendliness, Honesty, Humour, Knowledge, Learning Centered

Section 4: Legalities, Organization, Patience, Professionalism, Respectfulness

Section 5: Sensitivity, Social Awareness, Written Contracts.

To learn more about this series, click here.

And now … on to section four:

Legalities: Does the tutor have a legal business, with a licence from the
community, proper insurance coverage that protects both tutor and clients,
etc.? Is the tutor willing to provide receipts for payment that the clients
can use for tax and/or other purposes?

Organization: When students arrive for their lesson, is the tutor always
prepared, with a well-laid out lesson plan and materials? Does the tutor have
“back-up” materials and ideas ready if the lesson plan is not working well?
Does the tutor have extension materials available for the student to practice
or further develop skills during the lesson? Does the tutor provide regular
up-dates to parents about their child’s success, and ask them for their input
as well? Is the tutor willing to work with other members of the student’s
“team” (parents, school professionals, health professionals, etc.)? Does the
tutor assess the student’s progress at all times, through a variety of methods
(work during the lesson, homework, progress at school, etc.)?

Patience: Is this tutor patient with students, working steadily toward
success for the student, being encouraging, yet not expecting more than the
student (and their family) can deliver?

Professionalism: Does the tutor behave in a suitably professional way with
students and with their families and team workers? Does the tutor recommend
other professionals such as counselors, therapists, medical workers, and other
educational workers when the situation is beyond the skills, training, and
experience of the tutor? Does the tutor have a solid professional background
in the area of the tutoring subject(s), in terms of both educational training
and experience?

Respectfulness: Is the tutor known for being understanding and respectful of
students and their families? Does the tutor try to understand their
situations, and while making helpful suggestions, not push their own
viewpoints or insist on things the student and/or family cannot accept or is
unable to do.

What other tutor characteristics would you like us to address? Let us know in the comments section. Thank you!

And … if you live in the Penticton BC area, and are looking for a tutor, check out my own tutoring information. If I cannot help you, I will happily refer you to other tutors in Penticton who may be able to fulfill your tutoring needs.

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