Praise is a fantastic tool when used in the right way. As a way of motivating, encouraging and confirming a process of working it can be invaluable in the journey of a young student. At the Education Centre Liverpool we have a wide range of private tutors, each understanding how to maximise the potential of the students they work with. Here we take a look at how to praise students in an effective way, helping them to realise their potential. These tips apply to parents and teachers of students.
Give Constructive Criticism on Specific Tasks
Treat young students as you would an adult in the workplace when trying to garner a positive response. Always look to praise in a very specific way, giving feedback to specific tasks that have been completed and offer guidance moving forward with related tasks. This approach will help students to gain a greater understanding of their skills and what they need to work on within different areas.
Encourage Work Ethic
Praising students shouldn’t be something that just happens consistently without any real reason to give it. Students will respond in a positive way if they are encouraged to work through praising their work ethic. By praising students when they clearly work hard at a task and struggle through to an answer, you are raising the standards they set themselves.
Understand Different Personalities
Each student will be different of course. Some will respond well to constructive criticism, whilst other students will need you to be more patient and soft with them, highlighting errors in a way that guides them to the answer without making them feel foolish or unable to cope with the demands you’ve set. Our private tutors are highly experienced and understand that it is important to tailor sessions to the person in front of them, maximising their potential through the type of tasks given, the location and length of study and the type and consistency of the praise given.
Teach How to be Good
Staying positive can be challenging, especially if a student has been struggling with a subject, or has found a larger group or classroom situation to be deflating. When a ‘difficult’ student has continued to act in a disruptive way in a one-on-one situation there is still hope to turn it around. When there is a moment or session where hard work has been undertaken, and the previously disruptive student has acted in a well-mannered way, praise them for it. Teaching a young student how to behave in a positive and professional manner is just as important for his or her future as the topics themselves.
If you would like to book a session with one of our private tutors in the Merseyside area, contact The Education Centre today. We can cater for young children, through to secondary school and on to higher education preparation, helping with on-going studies, revision and exam preparation. We look forward to helping your child realise his or her educational dreams.