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How to be a great VCE tutor?

Izabella Bratek

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These days the market is saturated with a variety of different VCE services. So how can you as a VCE tutor, become more effective at your teaching and therefore assist students to perform better in their school subjects? What will make you a great VCE tutor? How can you overcome the competition, become a reputable professional and assist VCE students to reach their full potential?

(1) Know your material inside out

It is crucial to be up-to-date with the VCE curriculum changes, as a VCE tutor you must be well informed about the official VCAA syllabus. It is also important that you have a very deep understanding of your subject. Make sure you don't attend tutoring sessions, without reviewing the content you will be teaching. An excellent VCE tutor must always be prepared. Reputable tutors understand their subject thoroughly – without any form of hesitation.

(2) learn how to communicate effectively

There are many intelligent people out there that know a lot about different topics, however they may be very poor at communicating these topics effectively. In order to become a great VCE tutor, it is important that you understand how to communicate effectively. The first step of effective communication is to learn how to relate to the student you are teaching. In other words, your mission as a VCE tutor is to develop excellent rapport with the student. This way the student is not shy, or threatened to ask questions.

The second important factor of proper communication is the tone that you speak in. If your voice is unenthusiastic, too slow, too fast or mono tone – it is likely that you student will quickly become bored. It is important to have some enthusiasm in your voice, this keeps the student interested in the topic that you are teaching.

The third factor of efficient communication, particularly in teaching, is to have many ways of communicating a concept. Rather than just explaining the topic at hand, sometimes a student will understand the topic better if it is taught in a story format or by the use of diagrams and visual means. For example sometimes finding an appropriate you tube animation, can allow students to broaden their understanding of the topic. In other times it may be appropriate to teach a student through more kinaesthetic ways. Perhaps using chocolate to explain fractions, or using Lego blocks to explain how molecules interact. The possibilities are endless, however all the tutor needs to develop is a creative way of expressing themselves to the student.

(3) Integrate the student into the learning

If a student is just sitting and listening, it is likely that they will become bored very quickly. Students can become very deceiving, after years of practice, it may appear that they are listening – whereas in reality they are completely in a different world. It is important to integrate the student into learning.

This can be done by consistently quizzing the student and getting them to describe the steps that they are taking to do the work. Also by getting them to try solving problems in front of the VCE tutor, students are encouraged to use their critical skills in thinking.

So ensure during a VCE tutoring session, you will student is not sitting passively and completely disengaged from the lesson. This is because no benefit can be gained from passive thinking.

(4)   Believe in your student

It is important to believe in your VCE student. Make sure that you encourage them – since this is very important for their progress. The student will not achieve great results if they doubt themselves. So encourage your VCE student to believe in their potential – make sure that they can see what they are capable of doing. If there are able to physically answer questions, slowly over time there will gain more confidence. So encourage VCE students to complete questions in front of you and make sure you compliment them on their progress.

(5) Teach your students about the importance of attitude

Success is really 20% of work and 80% of attitude. If your student has a poor attitude try to show them the importance of developing a successful attitude towards their work. Encourage them to become more passionate about their subject by being passionate about the subject yourself.

If you student is able to develop an enthusiastic attitude towards their VCE and the ability to self-motivate themselves, they will be more than halfway towards succeeding in their VCE year. So it is important to inspire your students and encourage them to analyse their attitude.

To become a great VCE tutor requires commitment, knowledge of your subject, great communication skills as well as faith in your student’s progress and potential. By inspiring your VCE students and teaching them to develop positive work ethic and attitude, you will become a reputable VCE tutor.


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