The last decade of the last century was a significant advance in many of the scientific and technological fields, especially in the training of citizens. Society constantly demands information. For this, the training actions require a greater participation of the information professionals, who through technology offer hitherto unsuspected results. Thus, databases, scientific journals and sites such as the Internet become the reference for accessing information and for its teaching and/or academic use.
The process, far from slowing down, is increasing. In this way, some of the objectives proposed for 2020, were short and in the first decade of this century have been overcome. after a few years of uncertainty, some platforms have been chosen to teach courses and have become a place where classes have gone from being mere meeting places to a quasi-full interactivity.
The doors of technology were finally opened. First, because users already understood what technology makes possible and what does not. Secondly, because they managed to apply the available alternatives, without worrying too much about discussing which are the best or the most valid ones. Technology is here to stay and the society that advances is the one that obtains the best that education offers, not the one that remains to discuss the different offers it offers.
You will agree with me when I affirm that the task of being a tutor is one of the most demanding in the field of teaching. And it is because many of us have not been prepared for that purpose. Course after course and tutoring after tutoring we have been acquiring skills that have turned the job of being a tutor into a challenge. Looking back, I realize that there have been very tough tutorials in which I have learned a lot like I have enjoyed tutorials that have given me enormous satisfaction and, I venture to say too, have made me better and better teacher person. That is why this article aims to highlight five qualities that from my point of view are essential to practice as a tutor at High Q:
- Be empathetic: In a previous article entitled 5 tips to increase empathy with students and I referred to empathy as an essential quality for a teacher and, of course, for a good tutor. Getting empathized with students is not an easy task. Remember that empathy we understand the quality that people have to put themselves in the skin of another, the ability to listen to the other, the virtue of sharing their achievements, fears, hopes … An empathic teacher will be able to cohere a group, to be fair and objective and, most importantly, to earn the respect and admiration of their tutors.
- Be resilient: Another essential quality that I would highlight a good tutor would be resilience. We live in a society where it is increasingly difficult to separate the academic from the familiar. In our tutorials, frankly difficult cases occur and it is in overcoming this difficulty where resilience intervenes. The resilient tutor is the one who is able to get the best out of each of his or her tutors, even more, when the problems in their environment are very unfavourable. A few years ago I had the bitter experience of losing a student from my tutoring in a motorcycle accident. From that event I learned a lot, above all, I learned from the mistakes and how we should face this type of situations to the limit. Faced with this type of misfortune, a resilient teacher will have an advantage when it comes to overcoming the emotional pain of his group.
- Be informed: Another aspect that I consider essential in the work of every good tutor is the information that this handles the tutoring. The more information we have from our tutors, the easier it will be to understand them, to accompany them in their maturational and learning process and to help them in times of adversity. It is important that the tutor masters the academic and personal record has a fluent contact with his family and with the student, who collects information from the rest of the teachers and has up-to-date all the data that he considers pertinent.
- Being versatile: Those of us who are tutors share sessions of our own subject with sessions of tutoring. Sometimes it is difficult to separate both disciplines from conflicts that arise throughout the course are frequent. I think our tutors usually see us more as their tutors, more than just another teacher. That is why we must be alert to their needs and knows how to prioritize when it is appropriate to be a tutor and when it is convenient to be a professor. Many teachers complain that their group is more backward than others because, in many of their classes, some time is always “lost” with tutoring issues. For me more than waste of time, I would prefer to talk about “time investment”. Many times that “investment of time” as I like to call it, positively affects the environment and climate of the group.
- Act with immediacy: Another quality that I consider essential in a tutor is the immediacy to solve an individual or group conflict. In another article titled 5 ways to confront a conflict between students, I explained the ways that students have and, therefore, people to confront a conflict. You have to know how to see when a conflict needs to be mediated or sanctioned. The successor resolution of that conflict depends to a large extent on the speed of the action. An ill-resolved conflict will always end up reappearing and its resolution will become increasingly difficult.
There is no doubt that to be a tutor you need many other qualities that not only these five that I have just enunciated. Surely after reading this article, you are going through the head more than one. If so, I will be happy to listen to your proposals. It only remains for me to congratulate all those tutors who with their dedication and dedication make Education an exciting challenge.…