Nobody wants to pay for a tutor and leave the session unsatisfied and confused. That’s why giving your tutor your full attention each session is imperative to your learning experience. Tutors are there to help you with your academic struggles, so let them! We want the best for your education and future, so here are five tips on how to get the most out of your tutoring sessions. 

Honesty is the best policy

Though it may seem like it, your tutor is not a mind reader. If you don’t inform your tutor what you’re struggling with in class, they can not thoroughly assist you. It’s important to be honest with your tutor so you can make the most out of your time and theirs. Remember: It’s always okay to ask questions, so don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Your tutor is there to help you, so try not to waste time! 

Duly noted

Pencils out, students. Class is in session. Note-taking is a crucial component to getting the most out of your tutoring sessions. Your tutor isn’t available while you’re at school, or when you’re taking a test. Taking notes to review later will help you retain all of the material you and your tutor worked on that day. Writing notes during a session will also help you be more engaged. It’s easy to get distracted while doing homework or studying, so writing down what you’re learning as you go will help to keep you from forgetting it. 

Prepare yourself

Coming to a tutoring session unprepared can be a big waste of time. Bringing questions and notes you took during the school day can help you prepare for your time with your tutor. Another way to prepare yourself is by making sure you set up a time when you are 100% percent available to make sure you don’t have to rush to get through your session. 

Focus, focus, focus

Are you an early bird or a night owl? When do you learn best and when are you the most focused? It’s imperative to know your style of learning and what timespan your focus capacity is at its best. If you’re a morning person, for example, then having a tutoring session in the evening might not be for you. Another way to stay focused during a tutoring session is by choosing a spot that won’t distract you. Do you feel tired and lethargic doing homework in your bed? Switch to a desk or the kitchen table! This will help you remain more engaged with your tutor. 

The results are in

Staying optimistic during the tutoring process is the key to seeing positive results. If you believe you can do it, you will accomplish it. Not believing in yourself is a slippery slope to failure. With hard work, practice, and ambition, success will be in your hands. Before you know it, a tutor won’t even be needed. You will reach your goals and you and your tutor will be ecstatic! Your tutor knows you can do it, so now it’s your turn!