Most of the time, before a session starts, I dread tutoring. However, once the session gets rolling I often find myself going past the clock.
Tutoring is fun when students are engaged. Luckily, all of my students like learning and improving their testing skills. And it’s not that I only tutor nerds! It’s just that I seem to work with like-minded families who have a positive learning culture. This is definitely due to the fact that all of my clients these days are references from previous clients.
Despite the tone of my answer, I find the actual act of tutoring enjoyable. I love it when my students’ tones change when things finally start to click. It gives me some reassurance that the way I’m explaining a topic is making sense to them.
I also like when students come to me with problems. Usually, it’s a problem from their workbooks, but sometimes, as we get closer to their exams, we talk about the moral dilemmas of standardized exams.
I know clients don’t expect me to have an open ear for that sort of stuff, but I’m glad students can feel comfortable talking about stuff that’s bothering them, their goals, and sometimes their uncertainties.
Working with students younger than me is also somewhat refreshing. They’re also good audiences for my occasional jokes! Or maybe they’re just polite…
Tutoring itself isn’t a very exciting profession and it certainly doesn’t seem very hip. It’s an interesting conversation starter when I’m in unusual places. My mannerisms and hobbies aren’t exactly stereotypical of a tutor. I’m a tutor by day, and a nightclub messiah by night.
So yeah, tutoring is definitely one of the top things I like to do.