The Importance of Communication in a Personal Tutoring Role

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The importance of effective communication within the personal tutorial role is incredibly important, even more important than that of the lecturing role. In order to fulfil many of the required skills and qualities of being a tutor effective communication is required. Being respectful, friendly, diplomatic, a good listener and to be able to build a … Read more

Boundaries, Limitations and the Ethical and Professional Codes and Standards in a Personal Tutoring Role


While it is important that, as a tutor, you are available and willing to assist students, it would be unprofessional, unethical and impossible to assist students with everything. A simple example of this is while you want your students to perform well on the course and are willing to provide guidance on assignments, providing too … Read more

The Skills and Qualities Required for a Personal Tutoring Role


In order to be an effective personal tutor, there are some important skills and qualities that the tutor must possess. These include logistical and curriculum planning, good organisational and communication skills, pragmatic and diplomatic abilities. A good tutor must also be knowledgeable, friendly, respectful, patient and a good listener, as well as having many other … Read more

How Your Own Values, Behaviours and Attitudes can Impact on the Personal Tutoring Role


As a tutor, areas that you focus your attention upon will experience most of the change, for example, if you believe that grades and qualifications are the most important aspect of educational life, it is likely you will spend the majority of your time as a tutor focusing on setting academic based targets, thus giving … Read more

The relationships and boundaries between the teaching role and other professional roles


Boundaries are essential while teaching and are often implemented by the teacher to ensure a professional relationship is maintained, for example, ensuring that as a teacher you “preserve a degree of ‘professional distance’” (Gould & Roffey-Barentsen, 2014, p. 24) such as “giving your personal telephone to learners could be seen as encouraging informal contact”. (Gravells, … Read more