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How To Make Tutoring Fun?

By Yann, published on 06/07/2018 We Love Prof - IN > Tutoring > Advice for Tutors > How to make tutoring fun so that your students learn the best

The industry of private tuition and tutoring is constantly evolving in the era of new technology we live in. Independent private tutors face a tough competition from big tutoring companies.

That is why most independent private tutors are always looking for new ways to improve their lessons and make them more playful.

A child using smartphone to draw. More and more apps mix real drawing and virtual drawing to the enjoyment of children and to make sure they stay grounded in reality. (by Toca Boca)

Engaging students is primordial.

In an interview given to the magazine Challenges, Yann Leguillon (co-founder of Superprof.com) declared that “in France, 400,000 people offer private tutoring services, students, teacher or passionate people.”

From 2013 to 2016, 170,000 students joined Superprof to take a home tutoring lesson.

When you are a private tutor, going from student’s house to student’s house, a key for success is to offer a playful and engaging lesson to each tutored child.

Here are a few ideas to make your classes more entertaining.

What Does Game Have To Do With Learning?

The parents of some pupils or students who are struggling in school know that private lessons are one of the ways their child can avoid failure when GCSE or A-level exam time comes around.

In order to fill the gaps in a child’s learning program, one of the best strategy you can employ is mixing learning and fun through educational games.

Why?

Because it gives a chance to the child, whatever his or her age, to have fun as he or she is actually learning a new concept, revising a difficult subject or trying to solve a complicated equation.

Thanks to educational games, the learner is not to any stress, pressure or anxiety to succeed and can improve at his or her own rhythm.

Playful game education aims to get children to enjoy learning while socialising with others through interactive lessons including educational video games for kids, 3D animations, learning software, music, etc.

How to learn and Have Fun at the same time?

First things that come to mind are the many existing online tutoring websites, offering a plethora of material often for free.

Looking for a one on one math tutor? or an English tutor to help with an essay or to help you prep that big exam that’s around the corner?

On Superprof, you can find an educator that is trained and experienced and offer an alternative to the classic school support systems.

Our tutors often use everyday objects to help young pupils but also older students to get familiarised with easy and more complex concepts.

Everything that allows the child to create is own mental pictures is good.

Very young child using a tablet. At what age is it appropriate to start using a tablet or a smartphone and what is the impact of these technologies on toddlers’ brain? (jikatu)

The online platform iToocj School is fantastic to learn through games. It offers learning games and interactive exercises for children aged 1 to 12 years old.

An online game bank is at the disposal of parents and tutors, who can choose the most appropriate game for their child or student. It is almost like free tutoring!

Emphasis is put on language, logic and motor skills games.

Games For Every Subject

Of course, our tutors will not propose the same games for students learning physics or revising history.

Are you looking at hiring a chemistry tutor?

Offering school supplemental lessons for science subjects must link theory to practice. In Physics or Biology, a private instructor should always look for ways to illustrate the content of his or her lesson by experimenting with the student.

There are a lot of algebra games that will teach children multiplication or fractions through puzzle or arcade and many science games will help kids learn to start exploring new horizons.

Geography games are great learning tools to teach the kids about the world through interactive stories and virtual worlds. A 3D simulation of Earth will always inspire, entertain and motivate kids to learn more about the world than a simple map on paper.

In this way, secondary school students will truly ready for the exams ahead of them and they will also be able to see the link between the different subjects they study.

When learning modern languages, French, Spanish or German, music and singing is often an efficient way to learn vocabulary and memorise grammar without feeling like it is any kind of homework.

Singing to learn a new language is very efficient and has been tested times and again. It can be used at all ages even for students having no difficulties in school.

For example, learn the Spanish alphabet in song:

Learning through music is especially adapted to private tutored lessons.

From Year 1, school education programs and pace can sometimes be too much for pupils having difficulties or disabilities. Lessons are compartmentalised, and children quickly fall behind the rest of the classroom.

However, Year 1 to 3 are crucial for the rest of a child’s education and should not be considered lightly. This is when spelling and counting skills start to develop and the level of literacy of kids will be greatly affected by those years.

This is why many parents and educators tend to use or recommend preschool games and activities to teach preschoolers the basic of letter recognition, thinking skills, language skills, number sense and recognizing meaningful concepts.

A private home tutor is here for following up and helping the constant improvements of a child and his or her school results.

It is also important to identify the type of memorisation that works the best for each child: visual, audio or kinesthetic.

Up to 65% of children are more likely to memorise best using their vision.

To be able to catch up with the rest of the class and the school curriculum, a child must be at the centre of its own learning, he or she must be engaged in each lesson that must be learned or each exercise that is completed.

Students must be able to self-assess their homework.

It is pretty much self-teaching.

A child must be encouraged to correct him or herself, by checking the answers of a calculus exercise or by reading and recording a French text to self-correct the pronunciation.


“The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.” – Stanly Gudder, Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics at the University of Denver


Educational games are part of the classic education of today. Learning can be made fun using learning apps or educational games as long as it is guided by a parent or a teacher.

Adapt The Learning Games To The Learner

Of course, each child is different and lesson, as well as games, should be adapted case by case.

If it is not the case it will be hard to keep a student engaged.

There are thousands if not more of game-based learning apps ranging from preschool level to secondary schools and even university levels, and kindergarten kids can learn math skills, shapes, simple addition and subtraction through puzzles, quizzes or colouring while older students can tackle geometry, chemistry and improve their problem-solving skills for example.

It is the responsibility of the tutor to use creative, original and playful ways to effectively engage the learner in the learning process.

How to do that? By finding what makes a child tic. Finding out the interest of a child will be crucial in adapting the lessons for each student.

Video games, films and TV shows, music, literature or science, there are no wrong ways to get students really interested in the learning process.

Even though those interests are rarely in line with GCSE or A-level exams, each of them can somehow be linked to a subject of the exams.

How to engage kids that are already behind their peers or who have learning difficulties?

An individualized follow-up allows the teacher to adapt the subject of lessons according to the taste of the child and linking an interest to an actual school subject.

Playful Education is actually a great way to;

  • Have children enjoying to learn
  • Give children a sense of fulfilment
  • Give children freedom
  • Get children to have a relaxing learning environment
  • Explore new subjects
  • Boost children’s self-confidence
  • Have fun!

There are a lot of learning methods out there that are based on creativity and games and are used to strengthen

the skills and knowledge of students. The Montessori method being the most famous and efficient of them according to many.

Multiplayer education app on tablet. Siblings can now play and learn together with the last generation of educational games

Improve General Culture While Learning

On the Internet, there are plenty of mobile apps aiming to extend or improve anyone’s general culture while learning concepts useful to school subjects.

Play History Games or multi-choice quiz, true or false and so on, allows summoning many different school subjects in only a few questions.

Children will literally learn as they play and will develop their critical spirit.


“Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.” — Albert Einstein


But A-level students taking A-levels in History or Classical Studies can watch historical movies or TV shows to reinforce his class learnings.

Many movies include History and Geography and can be used for students to learn: The Schindler’s List, The Pianist, Goodbye Lenin!, 12 years a slave, Gladiators, The Color Purple, etc.

Though it will be important to fact check the script of the movies, process that will also give a chance to the student to learn more about any subject.

When studying English, why not analysing some of the incredible mini-series the BBC has been producing for the past few years: Bleak House, Cranford, North and South, Madam Bovary, He knew he was Right, Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, are only a few examples.

But with the advent of streaming platforms many more historical series can be viewed online; Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife, Vikings, The Last Kingdom, Father Brown and the brilliant The Crown.

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