Critical success factors of Tutors
The one thing that tutors can do which school teachers can’t is personalized tutoring.
When school teacher to student ratio is 1: 40, one-on-one tutor interaction is precisely what a pupil needs.
Tutor interaction can be online via skype or face-to-face contact time.
Tutors are personal relationship builders
Personal connection between tutors and students creates trusts, respect and accountability.
Personalise learning helps tutors adapt the lesson to the student’s interest.
Tutor’s awareness of student’s strength and weakness facilitates the optimization of strengths and minimization of weakness.
Students are more accountable and are more likely to increase homework completion and set goals.
Tutors are listeners and Communicators
Tutors co-create customized learning plans after collaboration with teachers and parents.
When students communicate with tutors, they are more likely to participate in class and engage in school activities.
Tutors are content experts
Tutors are specialists in their academic content. They know the subject’s concepts, ideas and problems extremely well .
They are aware of the type of school assignments given and they can turn them into real hands-on work.
Tutors make the learning rigorous and challenging without taking the joy out of learning.
Partnership among Tutor, Teachers and Parents
Parents need to provide inputs on strength and weakness of the pupils and collaborate with tutors on learning plan.
Teachers need to provide latest syllabus and up-to-date student’s result on a regular basis.
Tutors need to be lifelong learners and set key performance indicators for themselves as well as the students.
As parents, do you think you need check with teachers and tutors and check on goals of pupils on a regular basis?
Primary 6 English - Sample Comprehension Passage
In the morning on that fateful day, Barry had asked for my help in tracking down a puma that had killed his dog.
While waiting for Barry, I decided to scout out the best route for us to take to avoid the treacherous ice conditions in the valley.
It was bitterly cold at minus four degrees Celsius with four centimetres of snow but the weather was good for tracking.
Barry had not arrived, so I left my rifle in the car. That was the worst mistake of my life.
Then, I went into the bushes past the backyard from where the dog was taken.
As I surveyed the conditions, I saw it. About fifteen metres from me was an adult puma, all curled up with its head down, swishing its tail.
I ducked quietly as any sudden movement might cause a hungry puma to attack.
I sneaked back to my car, unaware that the puma was going to pounce on me.
For the first time in sixty years of hunting, I was attacked. It felt like a baseball bat hitting my neck below my left ear.
Within a split second, I was pulled backwards onto my back.
Blood was running down my neck and shoulder, and I was down in the snow with four big canine teeth embedded in the muscles of my neck.
In the blink of an eye, the puma let go and grabbed me again, shaking its head like it was killing a deer.
It all happened in dead silence with no growling nor hissing. I thought, Clarence, this puma is going to kill you.
At that moment, with the puma's jaw round my neck, I stayed sharp and alert.
Instantly, I remembered what someone had told me to do if I was ever attacked by a puma.
I placed my right hand behind the bottom canine teeth and pulled those ugly teeth out of my neck.
Blood was everywhere in the snow and those canines were cutting my right hand.
Then, I wrestled the puma's head and neck over my chest and wrapped my left arm around its neck, choking it.
I was very surprised how I managed to control both its teeth and front claws although my right hand was being chewed to pieces.
To save my hand, I released pressure on the puma's lower jaw and it immediately began attacking the top of my head.
It struck and bit my head a couple of times. It seemed like the puma was speaking to me, "This is a life and death struggle and only one of us will survive!”
I told myself that I would fight back and survive.
Just then, Barry came towards me with a rifle. He aimed his rifle at the puma and fired four shots.
The fourth shot struck the puma in the spine and it collapsed.
I think the puma had every reason to attack me as it was starving. Due to the numerous wolves that had moved into the valley, the deer population decreased.
Deer are the puma's main diet and the wolves had taken their toll on the deer.