Reading and Writing Tips for Tutoring

If you are a tutor in writing, the scope of interest area is not limited with academic writing only. Besides these skills, you should master reading, as well since writing and reading go hand in hand. These skills are like two peas in a pod, which are impossible to divide.

For a writing tutorial to be a fruitful one, a teacher should perfectly master both writing and reading teaching techniques. If you doubt the profoundness of knowledge in any of these areas, stick to the following teaching reading and writing tips.

Prompts for teaching reading

  • First and foremost, find out what your student is interested in? Proceeding from this knowledge, you will be able to select appropriate material and organize a lesson.
  • Secondly, together with the student, define reading strategies and stages, such as: summarizing, reading to understand the main idea of the text, specific reading, scanning the text, preview, heading interpretation, etc.
  • Support every reading rule with an example. Help your student to build up necessary skills, reading articles and other texts corresponding to the topic.
  • Check the way a student has comprehend the text. To make it easier, divide the information in sense bearing parts. This way to detect reading failures is rather effective both for a teacher and student.
  • Regardless of the topic of the lesson, do not forget to include the material you have already passed. In such a manner, exercise topic-related, new vocabulary units, reading fluency, grammar structure recognition, approaches to text comprehension.
  • Consider student’s viewpoint and a reading strategy choice. Do not impose your reading tactics, just tolerantly lead the student in the right direction.

Tips for teaching writing

As it has been already mentioned, reading and writing shout to one another. Therefore, tips on teaching writing are frequently interrelated with the prompts concerning reading tutoring. Consider the following guidelines:

  • Whether it is an essay or term paper, you should start the lesson with topic identification. Entitle the student to define interest area independently. Provide your assistance if necessary.
  • Encourage a student to make suggestions on the topic. Enunciate ideas, and ask a student to make notes.
  • Help a student arrange ideas on the paper. Let him or her group related statements and those considered in the text in the first place.
  • Start editing, as soon as there have been written several passages. In the frame of the editing process, ask a student to read the drafts aloud and detect mistakes. Mind you, while doing a correction work, emphasize correct variants for student to remember them better.
  • “No limit for perfection.” Make this slogan your motto. Do not be complacent, therefore, ask a student to write several drafts to choose the most efficient one.
  • It is a well-known fact, that every skill needs to be practiced until it becomes second nature. That is why, make a student write more, improving his or her writing skills.

In the and if you are full of desire to help others, if writing inspires you and you have rich experience to share, tutoring will inevitably become your cup of tea.