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Teaching Tips

Here's some guidance on teaching to help you get started:

Encouraging learners to contribute

Your learner may be excited and enthusiastic, but may also be overwhelmed at the prospect of one-to-one attention focused on their abilities and efforts.

Potential Issues

Here are some of the barriers you may need to overcome in order for lessons to be successful:

  1. Difficulties communicating. Your learner may struggle to explain what it is they are finding difficult or what they want to achieve.
  2. Your learner may also feel a little intimidated and need encouragement to contribute until their confidence has been established.
  3. Your learner may be unclear how to work with a teacher on a one-to-one basis.

How to encourage learner contributions

You can help learners to engage by ensuring:

  • They feel comfortable with you and happy to ask questions
  • Respect is shown and support is given
  • Learning is seen as an exercise you do together for fun
  • They feel their participation is valued
  • Any goals you set are realistic and achievable
  • Contribution and ideas are encouraged

How to open a lesson

Ensure your learner has a sense of how the lesson will be directed by giving a brief introduction to your planned activity and then asking open questions to confirm the learner has understood.

As the lesson continues

Ensure you:

  • Give friendly feedback
  • Encourage focus
  • Correcting misunderstanding

How to feedback to a learner:

  • Comment on use of particular skills
  • Encourage practice of neglected skills
  • Give constructive feedback and try to link to specifics
  • Be encouraging and friendly when commenting on work

Finishing lessons on the right note

Try to gauge your learner felt about the lesson by asking a few light questions such as "What has been the most useful thing you have learned today?" or "Do you have any questions following what we have talked about today?"

Evaluating your teaching

As you work with more learners you may wish to start contemplating what worked/what didn't, in addition to any feedback First Tutors: Arts & Crafts receives from learners. Below is some "food for thought" to help you in the process.

How well did I .....? Very Well Satisfactory Could Be Better
Prepare for the session   
Get the session underway (establish aims, etc)   
Ask questions and prompt the learner   
Handle the learner's comments and questions   
Respond to the learner as an individual   
Keep the focus on the main topic   
Help sustain learner interest   
Provide help when learners encountered difficulties   
Ensure key points were drawn out   
Bring things to a close and set out practice homework   

New to Arts & Crafts Teaching?

If you are new to private Arts & Crafts teaching you are welcome to register with First Tutors: Arts & Crafts to attract potential learners.

We will ask you which subjects you are proposing to teach, how much you wish to charge and what experience and qualifications you can offer.

Choosing your Subjects

Carefully consider which subjects you feel you can offer with credibility to your audience. We ask learners to give feedback about teachers and the best way to ensure this feedback is positive is by making sure you are teaching a subject well within your comfort zone of knowledge.

Starting with a new learner

First impressions matter, so ensure you give the right impression to your new learner by picking up the phone to contact them swiftly rather than leaving them to chase you. Learners can be anxious when making arrangements with a teacher, especially if they have exams to consider, so put them at ease by making arrangements quickly, showing up on time and arriving well prepared.

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