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How to Read Student’s Interest and Emotions when Teaching

February 17, 2018 in Parent, Student, Tutor

Most communication is non-verbal.

If you are going to be a tutor, understanding body language is very important.

Why?

Their body language can tell you how receptive they are to your classroom discussions or even if your student is too upset to learn. Imagine, all of this can be conveyed without saying a single word.

This can help you alter the way you teach.

How?

The key is to understand how they are physically expressing what they are thinking and feeling.

Here are a few tips to gauge interest:

(These tips have been originally published by WikiHow)

1. Make eye contact. Look at your student’s eyes. Are they dull and unfocused? Are they focused at a point on the floor, ceiling, or wall? If so, the student is likely not paying attention.

Similarly, if a student appears alert and keeps their eyes on you as you move around the room, you can be assured that they are paying attention.

2. Look at their facial expressions. Your students’ facial expressions will reveal a variety of emotions and thoughts, from anger to interest to happiness. As you make eye contact with each student, pay attention to what their facial expressions are telling you.

  • If a student’s mouth is turned down and their eyes are dull, they are likely unhappy to be in class just then.
  • If a student appears alert and is smiling or half smiling, they are most likely responding well to the class discussion and feel engaged.
  • If a student has an indifferent expression on their face, they may be bored and simply biding time until you let the class leave for the day.

3. Evaluate their posture. Are they slouched over the desk? They may be trying not to fall asleep. A student who is paying attention will usually be sitting up, whereas a student who is bored or disengaged may very well be slouching.

  • You can help perk up your student by moving around the classroom. They will have to sit up to keep their eyes on you, which should be enough movement to re-engage them

4. Figure out why a student might scratch their head. Children may scratch their heads because they itch, just like anyone does. When children in the classroom scratch or touch their heads it might also be their way of expressing confusion. If you see a child scratch or touch their head, pause and ask if they understand the lesson.

  • “Ravi, can you please ask me a question about this? It would be very helpful if you did so that we can make sure that everyone understands what we’re talking about. Maria, I’d like you to think of another question about this lesson that we can answer after Bobby’s question.”

5. Look at the legs. If a student is tapping their foot against the floor or bouncing their legs up and down, he or she may be impatient with teaching. They may also have a physical or psychological reason for these movements. Leg position varies from student to student – some prefer to cross their legs, or to place them firmly on the floor.

6. Look around. In addition to looking at students individually to assess and interpret their body language, try looking at the room in parts or even as a whole. You will likely find several students engaging in similar body language, which should give you an idea of the overall class atmosphere that day.

  • If a majority of the class appears disengaged or bored, consider stopping your lecture and moving to a group project or open class discussion.

Here are a few tips to gauge emotions:

1. Spot the fake smile. A student may feel obligated to smile at you when you look in their direction; however, that smile may be obviously fake and conspicuously dishonest. A fake smile indicates that the student is not feeling well emotionally or physically, but that they do not want to share those feelings with you.

2. Pay attention to blinking. Almost everyone blinks their eyes. It’s an involuntary process that keeps the eye organs healthy and lubricated. If you notice a student blinking too much or hardly at all, they may be telling you that they are tired, bored, or distressed.

3. Encourage stretching. A student may yawn or stretch several times, and this indicates that they are bored, tired, or disinterested. Encourage stretching – even if a student has to stand up to do so – as this promotes blood circulation and increases oxygen levels to the brain, providing a natural burst of energy.

4. Watch the arms. Your students’ arms will tell you quite a bit about how the class is receiving your instruction, how they’re feeling about being in the class, and their individual moods. Look at each student’s arms, and then look at the class as a whole for any like behaviour.

  • Folded arms indicate the student is closed off and not receptive to the discussion.
  • Open arms indicate interest, openness, and that student is feeling connected and included.

Did you know about these body language cues? Tell us the ones you’ve always been able to recognise and the ones you learnt today. We look forward to reading your comments.

Is Tutoring a Part Time or Full Time Job?

February 16, 2018 in Tutor

The benefits of a tutoring job often go beyond that of a regular part time job. While some people’s main job is tutoring, other’s do it as a part time job. Every person has a different reason they choose to tutor.

See which category (or categories) you fall into:

1) Passionate about teaching

Perhaps you have a B.Ed or perhaps you don’t. It doesn’t matter to you. It is the joy of helping kids learn and become wiser that has always been your life goal. You could be working in a school or even conducting tuitions at home – it doesn’t matter as long as you get to teach and make a difference student’s life.

2) Flexible hours

Tutoring allows you to have easier schedules since it’s just about you and your clients. You and your various students can closely work together to establish session times that work for everyone. Additionally, you’ll know exactly how many hours you’re working each session. A tutoring session typically lasts for no more than two hours.

3) Fresher’s exploring the field

Very often graduates who aren’t certain about their career path take to tutoring. While some genuinely want to test waters, others do it as a way to pass time and make money. If you fall into the latter category, it would be advised that you reconsider tutoring as an option.

If you are from the former however, know that tutoring conveys professionalism. It shows that you are educationally driven and able to work with people comfortably and successfully regarding important matters. All of these are fantastic qualifications that are avidly searched for in the workforce, and additionally, they will leave you highly respected.

4) Emotional and intellectual fulfilment

There are also those who have probably never thought about tutoring before, but who want to work in a fulfilling profession. When tutoring someone, you’re not just getting a series of tasks done — you’re making a difference in a student’s life. You are being a figure he or she can look to for guidance. The more and more you do it, the more likely you are to find yourself feeling very proud, confident and fulfilled.

5) The pay

There are also those who are just looking for a way to make money. The salary you make as a tutor will most likely be higher than the wage you receive from other part-time jobs. There is no harm is being interested in money, but if you have no interest in teaching, we suggest reconsidering your decision to be a tutor.

Tutoring is no easy task, but all will recognize the hard work you are doing as well as the impact you are making on the students’ futures. This ultimately leads to bigger, and well-deserved, paychecks for you.

It takes responsibility, hard work and patience to be a tutor, so be prepared for those elements if you decide to take it on. It may not be easy, but if you genuinely commit and dedicate yourself, you’ll find many rewards.

What interests you most about tutoring? Tell us in the comments below.

Are there Perfect Qualifications to be a Tutor?

February 15, 2018 in Parent, Tutor

Are there perfect qualifications to be a tutor? Are you making the right choice? Get to know some of the tutors who have partnered us. They come from different walks of life and have diverse backgrounds.

Anita, age 45 | The Mother

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I got married in my early 20s and had children immediately. I have spent my years since then being a typical mother. Motherhood is not an easy job! From the moment you wake up till you sleep, your life revolves around taking care of your children and home. It’s only been recently that I have noticed the dependency waning. They have become big and take care of themselves.

Suddenly I found myself with a lot of free time. It drove me mad. I started thinking about what I liked to do before my time got wrapped around my kids. I remembered I used to be good at studies and I even considered becoming a teacher. But that plan never took off.

My daughter heard me out and told me about Vidyanext and how it was a great way to start up. I thought why not- no harm in trying. It even directs students to me.

I started with 1 student and now I have 5 regulars who come to me every evening. It feels very good to contribute to their life and growth. Being a tutor with Vidyanext has left me fulfilled.

Arjun, age 27 | The Software Engineer

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I am a typical south Indian boy. I got good marks and became an engineer. My parents were very happy… but I was not.
Working in a 9-5 in a big corporate made me very sad. I think it was the routine of tasks. Everyday felt the same.

After couple of years in a rut, I quit my job and decided to be a freelancer. I take on a few projects that take up a few hours of my day. I am happier and have a lot of time for myself. But I also needed to make extra money. Someone suggested I become a tutor. You know, this thought had never ever crossed my mind!

I thought about it for a few days. I remembered how much I loved math and science in school. The concepts came easy for me. Maybe there was no harm trying this out- spreading the same joy I had in school to others.

I started by visiting student homes and tutoring, later I got more requests and changed the way I operated. I now invite students to my home and have specific hours where i tutor them. This has helped me define my schedule better. What I love most about tutoring is that it is not a routine task. Every day is different and I get to be creative while teaching!

Pallavi, age 22 | The Fresher

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After I completed my degree I was confused about my path ahead. At that time my neighbour asked if I could tutor her son. I thought it was a great part time job and would look good on my CV too.

Honestly I had a great time teaching Rohan. It was so satisfying to see him understand his lessons better and see his scores improve. It didn’t feel like a job, it felt like fun. I remember one day Rohan came back after his science exam wanting to discuss his answers. There was one equation that he realised he did wrong while solving it with me. I’ll never forget his expression. He got so dramatic that it made me laugh. Soon we both were laughing uncontrollably. In the next exam Rohan didn’t make that silly mistake again.

By this time, I knew I was ready to tutor more students. But, I had trouble finding them. I had no clue how to advertise myself. Thankfully I saw some Vidyanext ads on Facebook and decided to give it a shot.

I think that was one of the best decisions I made. Now I get queries by just sitting at home. My tuitions have grown to 3 students in a just few months.

Akshatha, age 35 | The Ex-Teacher

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I was a teacher for 8 years. Then for some personal reasons I couldn’t continue with my job. There was not a single day that went by when I didn’t think of my classroom.

Recently I started finding myself with free time, it wasn’t enough to join a school again, but it was enough to handle a few tuition batches.

My husband had heard an ad on the radio about Vidyanext and thought I’d be interested in it. It was perfect timing, really. I quickly registered myself and attended the training program.

Requests kept pouring in. I was talking to lots of parents and almost immediately I had students coming home for tuitions!

I can’t tell you how happy teaching again made me. Giving tuitions has been best thing I’ve done in a long time. Also, the Vidyanext Learning System made the teaching and learning process easier and better!

What background have you come from? Why attracted you to tutoring? Tell us in the comments below