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Your First Grinds Session with a Tutor

Setting the Scene

If possible grinds should take place in a separate quiet room of your home, so that tutor and student can work with minimal disturbance. This said, we would always suggest that the door to the room to be left slightly open, and that a parent or guardian occasionally pop in to see how things are going. This is reassuring for all concerned. A parent or guardian should always be present in the home whilst grinds are taking place.

If you have arranged to go to the tutor's home, please think safety first and ensure that the student does not visit alone until comfortable with their tutor.

Before your First Lesson

It is helpful for students to think about what they like/dislike about their subject so the tutor can asses how to help.

We recommend that all parents or mature students ask to see any qualifications the tutor has declared during the first grinds session. If the tutor has a Garda Vetting Certificate or has said they can offer references, these should also be displayed during the first lesson. We advise tutors to expect this request.

The First Lesson:

  • Is an opportunity to decide whether the selected tutor is compatible with the student.
  • Will allow the tutor to talk through your subject with you, and understand more fully how they can help.
  • The tutor will do some exercises with you to assess your abilities and understand your learning style.

As your Grinds Progress

  • Don't be afraid to ask your tutor to raise or ease the pace or difficulty of sessions.
  • If you think it would be beneficial to change any part of your grinds (content, structure), be sure to mention this to your tutor.
  • Help other parents and students by providing feedback about your tutor through First Tutors: Ireland.