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Tutor Challenges (And How to Overcome Them)

Updated: Apr 7, 2023

A tutor's job can be challenging. By understanding the hurdles that you might face, you will be better equipped to overcome them more easily.

Tutoring sessions begin with a background of knowledge, experience, and skills that each student brings to the session. To help students succeed academically, as a tutor, you need to find out what skills the student already possesses and which skills they need to develop to improve their learning outcomes. Tutors may encounter a wide variety of challenges during this process.

In this blog post we will outline six of the most common challenges tutors face, along with tips on how to overcome them and create a learning environment that produces the best results.

Stress & Anxiety

Most students who enter tutoring sessions have difficulties learning in a classroom setting. On top of which, these students' parents may put an additional strain on them to make the most of their tutoring sessions.

It is possible that these students may feel they are coming to a tutor because of failure. A person who associates learning with failure will never see it as an opportunity to improve their chances of success. For this reason, tutors need to fully understand students' learning styles. The idea of combining learning with adventure is a great idea. To succeed at their work, stressed or anxious students need to feel excited about it.

Tutors should use a variety of methods that are aligned with the individual needs of their students. In a one-to-one setting, this is easier to accomplish. You can quickly change your instruction style if you do not see any progress. Understanding your students' needs will help you anticipate problems and address them ahead of time.

Pressuring Parents

Learning always involves parents. Every tutor faces the challenge of dealing with high-pressure parents.

It is common for children of high-pressure parents to focus so hard on getting the perfect score that they fail to understand the concepts being taught. Consequently, knowledge retention suffers, and anxiety levels rise, especially when students struggle with a topic.

Tutors teach students that imperfection at first doesn't necessarily mean that they've failed. Tutors should encourage students to experiment without fear of failure.

Communication is crucial when dealing with high-pressure parents, discussing the progress of the student and your activities to facilitate help. As a result, parents will feel more in control. It can be helpful to suggest ways for parents to help their children at home. As a result, parents' anxiety about their child's performance will decrease and they will put less pressure on their child.

Lack of Motivation

Tutoring is usually extra study on top of full-time study. This can be overwhelming for many children. Motivating themselves and making learning fun is not easy for them.

Motivation, however, is the educator's responsibility. It is a good idea to learn about a student's interests outside of the classroom as one way of motivating them. Knowing what your student likes will enable you to tailor the learning process to their interests. To make learning content relevant to students' interests, real-world scenarios should be provided. You can ask your student to draw a mind map of an area of knowledge you are studying, for instance, if they enjoy drawing.

Problems in Acquiring New Knowledge

Your student might need extra time to master new knowledge before applying it to future study. A good way to introduce new knowledge is through educational games. Wedge white educational boards offer a fun way to interact with students and are the perfect resource for playing educational games. Practicing skills and learning new things will be possible in these environments. Not only will students learn a new concept or skill, but they will also be able to practice it immediately.

Overcoming tutoring challenges in Gloucestershire using an A3 landscape folding wedge whteboard
Children being privately tutored using an A3 Landscape Folding Wedge Whiteboard.


There are times when tutors must deal with students who simply do not deliver any work. Mental hooks or drives are missing, so they do not learn and understand.

You should focus on building on a student's prior knowledge and skills if they are in tutoring primarily due to laziness. The answer to this is individualized learning.

If you're dealing with just one student, you'll have plenty of time to determine what approach is right for him or her. Tutors often use mental hooks as reward or incentive for completing assignments. Students can participate in educational games and win prizes once they finish their work. It is the purpose of these methods to get the proper behaviour started. As a result, the student will gain a sense of accomplishment, which will become its own reward.

It is important to show enthusiasm for your student's progress every day when tutoring someone who doesn't want to do their work.

Bad Behaviour

During their careers, all teachers have encountered students with bad behaviour.

In tutoring sessions, you can get to know the student better and anticipate their needs.

If your student has a troubled home life and acts out in class, you will need to modify your instruction style to contain the bad behaviour and channel the negative energy into productive learning.

It is important to remember that every student requires a unique approach. For this reason, tutors should begin by reaching out to parents, as they are the best resource for improving student behaviour. Communicating with parents will help you prepare for tutoring sessions.

To conclude, as a tutor it is your role is to provide solid support and encouragement for students' learning. A tutor's job is to motivate students to gain confidence, tackle more complex tasks, and help them to progress through their educational journey to achieve specific learning goals.

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