One of the teacher’s roles is to help the student improve on their learning skills and prepare for lifelong learning. Online tutoring websites should promote the following productive learning skills: Concentrating, reading and listening, time management, remembering, creative thinking, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration so, students can acquire skills they need to be productive.
To promote learner development in a way that draws out and gives form to what the student already knows, the teacher or tutor should provide mentorship in online tutoring websites.
PROBLEM –SOLVING SKILLS IN LEARNING
Modern theories of learning emphasize the need to think while learning because, learning and thinking are related.
As an educational goal of online math tutoring for kids, helping the child in learning how to think more productively by being able to generate ideas and to evaluate those ideas will lead to possible best solutions in problem-solving.
Critical thinkers must be creative thinkers as well in order to find best solutions.
Most often when a problem drags on, it is not because we cannot tell if the determined solution is the best, it only shows the gap in our inability to find the best solution available because no one has thought about it yet.
Designing a process for problem solving and combining creative-and-critical thinking skills can help the student improve their learning skills in an online tutoring platform. This combination process results in productive thinking.
MOTIVATIONAL PERSUASION AND LEARNING STRATEGIES
Humans learn because it is fun or it is useful in our present situation or both. When students discover that learning is fun, they want to partake in it more often and more skilfully, in different ways.
There are a variety of ways in which students think productively. According to Howard Gardner, “An intelligence is the ability to solve problems, or create products, that are valued within one or more cultural settings”. Teachers and tutors alike should design teaching strategies that will be beneficial for students, using different learning styles.
One of the goals of education is to develop sharp analytical mind in the student vis a vis developing intelligences and help the student reach their full academic potential to face tough competition in the future. Students, who are helped to do so, will be more engaged, competent and inclined to serve humanity constructively.
Teacher and student working together in education improve goal matching due to combining goal-directed teaching and goal- directed learning. The prefect school environment should promote teamwork between teachers and students. Close matching between teacher and student goals can be achieved in two (2) ways; by teacher adjusting their goals to more closely match the way students think and by persuading students to adjust their thinking, so teacher goals become their learning goals. This way, they can embrace the teacher’s educational goals for them. Students want enjoyable, satisfactory and fun-filled learning sessions.
A teacher/tutor can achieve better learning results by adjusting to student goals and persuading them. These strategies also applies in online tutoring websites.
Self directed learning, places the responsibility of learning directly on the learner. This promotes the deeper learner approach. Deeper learning is demonstrated by the learners’ ability to explain a topic to others, apply it to related theories.
TEACHING STRATEGIES THAT MOTIVATE
In trying to persuade the student, the teacher/tutor should consider total motivation, as many students performance to a large extent is a reflection of their mindset.
Self perceptions of student always affect how they learn and perform.
One of the determinants of learning is motivation. When students feel a sense of belonging they are motivated to learn and do well in school.
One strategy to help students perform well in school as well as in online tutoring websites is for teacher/tutor to care about their social as well as academic needs.
Social factors in the form of interpersonal relationship with peers, parents, and teachers are directly related to the students’ emotions. Emotions have been shown to play an important role in motivation and learning.
Another teaching strategy that promotes motivation is to keep students engaged or make each learning session engaging. Task-oriented and engaging outlook in learning is associated with deeper learning.
To facilitate task-oriented and engaging outlook strategy, teacher needs to evaluate each student on a personal level than comparing students’ performance against each other.
Specifically, this strategy to make the students learning session engaging involves taking what the students know from real life examples and using that concept in classroom learning. Students are motivated by knowing that what they learn in classroom and learn it online tutoring sessions is relevant to their daily life activities.
In conclusion, motivated students attend classes on a regular basis without the need for reward; they do their homework on time and seek additional support when needed. Motivated students think positively about learning.
Interest in learning raises attention and alertness which facilitates a desire and motivation to learn.
Written by Charles Onwugbene of FX-FCTUTOR (@fxfctutor1)
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