Top 5 Soft Skills for Tutors

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Tutors should never underestimate the power of soft skills.You may very well be an expert in your field and have top-notch credentials, but if you’re lacking key soft skills, your tutoring career is going to fall flat. As a tutor, your soft skills are going to help you build a relationship with students, and create an environment where they feel comfortable asking questions, making mistakes, and challenging themselves.SoftSkills

Below is a list of 5 soft skills that every tutor should have!

1. Communication & Listening Skills

Listening is key to effective communication and building a rapport with students and parents. Communication is a two-way street; it’s about creating a dialogue, being open to others’ ideas, and sharing information. Consistent communication, whether it be in-person, over the phone, or via email, is necessary for identifying and working towards learning goals, and opening a space for constructive and positive feedback. Some of us have a knack for tact, while others struggle to find the right words. Listen carefully to verbal, written, and body language, before offering your opinion or advice!

2. Self-confidence

If you have confidence in your abilities, so will your students. Take time to prepare your lessons, brush up on material, and expand your knowledge base. You’ll feel more confident tutoring, and this confidence will rub off on your students. They’ll believe in their own abilities because they not only have a tutor, but a confident mentor. Let your confidence shine through!

3. Patience

Tutors can never have too much patience! Let your students know it’s okay to make mistakes, and that it takes time to master something new. It is so tempting to just ‘fix’ equations or grammatical errors, but resist. Let your students arrive at their own answers.

Tutors give encouragement and guidance, and leave the ‘I got it’ moments for their students!

4. Flexibility

Tutors work around the schedules of their students. Be flexible. Don’t expect a 9 – 5 kind of job when you’re tutoring individuals with school, work, and family commitments. Consult with your students to arrange a schedule that works for both of you, and establish rescheduling policies.

5. Positive Attitude

A positive attitude is contagious, so share it with your students. When you’re feeling positive, you have the strength to tackle new challenges, and the curiosity to keep learning. Pass this feeling on, and watch your students blossom. If you’re a new tutor and wondering what you should bring to your initial meeting, I’d suggest a positive attitude. Be friendly, smile, and share your enthusiasm for teaching and learning!

 

Tutors Nirvana provides comprehensive and user-friendly software to build, manage, and grow private tutoring businesses. With features like a messaging centre and an online calendar, it’s easy for tutors to schedule lessons and communicate with students.

Communication is one of the most important soft skills for tutors and Tutors Nirvana makes it easier.

 

How do you develop your soft skills? What are some other soft skills tutors need to succeed?

Use the right language to communicate with your students!

Use the right language to communicate with your students!

 

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About Amy Penner

I've worked in the education sector for over 7 years in Asia, and am currently an ESL tutor and communications consultant in Victoria, British Columbia. When I'm not blogging or preparing for my next lesson, you'll find me running by the ocean.