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Styles Of Tutoring

Types of High School Tutoring Sydney

Teachers and tutors quickly come to understand that being able to teach is more than just having a solid or even advanced understanding of the relevant subject. Being able to teach is a tricky skill, all the more so because each student is a little different, sometimes very different. So we have to work with the potential, level of understanding and thinking patterns of those who are being taught.

Some general overarching paradigms of education are:

Behaviourism – This has been understood since ancient times. We reward the desired, good behaviour and punish (or at least point out and correct) bad behaviour. This is positive and negative reinforcement.
Behaviourism cannot work on its own. It will not solve a maths problem, or create a painting. But it can encourage the right attitude and prevent bad habits. We reward punctuality, effort and curiosity. We do not let the student fall into laziness or indifference.

Cognitivism – This is a matter of learning through experience. We tend to learn physical skills this way (sports, walking, typing). We can learn some other school work this way, by participation. Even visualising, say a maths problem, is a form of this learning.

Constructivism – We do not learn in a vacuum. Rather we add to the knowledge we have by using the knowledge we have. Each person has a different past and a different set of experiences. We each combine this into a unique understanding. Different individuals should be able to give the same (correct) answer to a factual problem, even as they think differently, and might be creative in different ways.

Humanism – A concept focusing on the point rather than the content of education. For humanism learning is about the self-actualisation of the individual. This is a good attitude to teach students, as it encourages and gives a reason to learn. You will be better as you improve your understanding.

Connectivism – a more recent concept which states that we learn, we process information, by forming connections. This sees the world and learning as interconnected facts, not just a list of objects. Learning is about how it all fits together, and how we can create new things by fitting facts or objects together.

Social Learning – This is simply learning though observation. We see what works for others, and what does not work, or not work consistently. But this can cause issues if we do not understand why something works.

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