Biology can be a difficult subject for many students. If it were easy we would already understand it fully, which we do not. Biology is a complex puzzle, requiring elements of other sciences such as physics, chemistry, and mathematics.
It involves highly complex systems of interactions, interactions so complex that they have had to be categorized, and sub-categorized, into entirely separate disciplines.
So now that we know how difficult biology can be, it is easy to understand why some students can struggle with it. Learning and retaining all these complex interactions can be overwhelming, especially if one isn’t getting all the attention they need from their teacher to properly understand all the concepts.
With large class sizes, school teachers often simply don’t have the time to make sure each and every student understands each and every concept.
This is where tutoring comes into play. By hiring a tutor, you’ll be giving your child a teacher who has the ability to give them their undivided interest. With the complex, interconnected nature of biology, having a teacher who can spend as much time as necessary on something the student is struggling with can make all the difference in the world.
But choosing the right tutor can also be a very hard task. It’s a very important decision, choosing who to entrust your child’s education to. Hiring a tutor often involves a significant financial investment as well (though that’s not always the case). So, to help make this difficult task much easier, here a few initial questions you should ask yourself:
- Would you prefer an online tutor or an in-person tutor?
- How often does your child need to meet with the tutor?
- What’s your budget?
The answers to these will help you narrow down the options that are best for you, and after that you can start considering the pros and cons of each potential tutor. The most important qualities you should look for, are as follows:
The tutor should have a strong grasp on the subject of biology. The tutor should not need to consult a book in order to answer your child’s questions, but must instead have all the answers at their fingertips, to ensure the smoothest possible learning experience.
Teachers with the proper training and extensive teaching experience should be what you’re looking for, as they should meet all these requirements. Prior teaching experience, especially, will have prepared them for most of the queries your children will make.
The tutor should have all the necessary qualifications in the fields of biology and teaching. Prior experience, as previously mentioned, is a must have, as it will have equipped the tutor with all the skills necessary to handle all your child’s needs.
Qualifications in the field of biology, on the other hand, will have equipped the tutor with all the knowledge necessary to handle your child’s questions. A tutor with a prior background in biology, either in education or as a professional in a biological field, can have many fruitful discussions with your child, nurturing the talent they already possess, or igniting a thirst for more knowledge, that could lead to a very successful career in biology.
Struggling with biology can often lead to a lack of motivation to try from the part of the student. A good tutor is able to motivate the student to learn, and inspire them to want to improve their own skills.
As previously mentioned, a the best and most knowledgeable tutor will have the ability to ignite a spark within their student, encouraging them to seek out more and more knowledge, and potentially helping them choose biology as the field where they want to pursue their higher education, and career.
A good tutor must not be too rigid in their teaching approach, and the strategies they use, as this can serve to alienate students who are either unable to work with the chosen approach, or have had difficulties with similar strategies in the past.
The tutor should be flexible, able to adapt to the needs of the student. Each student is unique, requiring a different approach to get the best out of them. The tutor should be able to create different lesson and teaching plans to suit the needs of each specific student.
Last but not least, a good tutor should genuinely care. Due to its uniquely complex nature, biology is not a subject that comes easy to everyone. Therefore, a good tutor is someone that understands this. Someone who does not push too hard, and is not disappointed or harsh when the student fails to grasp a concept that might be easy for them.
They should also be accommodating towards any health related issues, as well. A tutor, especially an online tutor, must have the ability to adjust the teaching schedule in order to work around any illnesses or other unforeseen issues that may prevent students from attending class at the agreed upon time.
The life of a student can be difficult, and stressful, and a good tutor must have enough compassion to recognize when their student is struggling with these issues. Understanding this is crucial for a tutor to be able to forge a strong connection, which will then help the child learn even better.