Building a Strong Tutoring Relationship

A senior security consultant with Verizon Communications, Emblez Longoria earned his bachelor’s degree in business management summa cum laude from Rosemont College. Alongside his career, Emblez Longoria has volunteered as a tutor.

Helping students as a tutor can be a rewarding opportunity. In order to achieve success in this area, it helps to build a good relationship, following these three strategies:

1. Help Students Relax
Encourage them to talk by being friendly, asking questions, and listening carefully. Avoid showing any impatience or other negative emotions in your body language when they struggle to learn a concept. When you respect their efforts, even if they make a mistake, they will learn to trust you.

2. Make Learning Fun
You can include related interesting facts or make humorous quips as you go through the material. The more engaged students become, the better they will learn.

3. Encourage Independence
When students struggle, you may be tempted to give them the answers, but instead help them work through the problem. You can rephrase questions to give them a different perspective. They need to see you as a trusted aid in their learning process rather than as the source of answers. Then, they will gain valuable learning skills for continuing their studies.