As you "read" your student and begin to establish a genuine rapport, you also need to begin to approach the material in question. However, it is important to keep a few ideas in mind as you start.
- Remember that you are a tutor, not a teacher. It is not your role to instruct, but rather to investigate the material with a peer. You do not need to be an expert to be a tutor. A tutor needs simply to be informed and open to exploring information.
- You are not there to correct. A tutor is there to listen, to ask questions, to offer feedback and to facilitate a dialogue about a given subject.
- You should not hold the pen. This means that the student should do the work.
So, as a tutor, the two roles you want to avoid are: (see reference 5)
- Don't be the teacher.
- Don't be the author.