I have been giving part time tuition for several years (Almost 15 years). The students that i taught mostly were below-average. This is very challenging as the improvement that they achieved greatly motivates and encourages me. I had students who did not do well during the earlier mid year exams during Sec 3 but at the end grew interest in the subject that i tutored. Eventually got distinction for their 'O' Level exams.
Great tutor require commitment, bonding with the student. He must create an conducive environment not just tutoring but fellow shipping. A great tutor must be able to create complex situation into a digestible easy to follow so that the students can absorb and grew interest in the subject.
Rapport and bonding needs time and trust and that is the most important element. As a tutor, first and foremost we have to built trust with the student as most of the time the parents will check with the student after the tutor has left. Create friendship, understand their area of weakness, focus on their ability and guide them through and constantly reinforce them and encourage them. This will lift up their confident, self esteem and they will indirectly motivate themselves to study hard.
Keeping Up with Curriculum
Attend seminar hosted by MOE. Constantly update on the changes announced by MOE.
As a Good Tutor
Commitment, understanding the different needs of individual students. Understand their weakness, focus on their strength, encourage them and most importantly create trust and strong bonding. A good tutor should be able to turn complex topics/problem into disestablish and simple so that students can follow and slowly gain interest. Once they gain interest they will be able to motivate themselves and good result will follow.