3 Tutoring Tips To Help Students Learn To Read

Mar 3, 2016 by

If you are working with young children, one of the tasks that you are mostly likely going to need to assist them with during your tutoring sessions is reading. Learning to read is a gradual process that many children need assistance with. Here are a few tutoring tips to make your sessions with beginning readers go more smoothly.

#1 Set Up A Successful Learning Environment

The first thing you need to do is set up a positive learning environment for the students that you work with. Make sure that your tutoring area is free of outside distractions. Your tutoring area should provide your students with a comfortable place to sit and lots of good light. 

The next thing you need to do is make sure that your environment and attitude is positive as well. Make sure that you have a positive attitude and perspective. Your students will be able to see how you feel and will feed off of your attitude.

#2 Set Small Goals & Build On Each Success

Set small, achievable goals for each student that you work with. Make sure that the goals are things that that they can achieve quickly but that build up over time and will help your student’s achieve larger learning goals. 

Let your students know what your goals are for each learning session. Celebrate each success that your student makes towards their goals. You can use a sticker charter to track each small goal your student makes on their way to their big goal. Build in rewards that match your student’s interest. 

By celebrating every step of the way as your tutoring students make progress, you will allow your students to see that they can meet their goals and you will boast their confidence. 

#3 Give Accurate Feedback

As you work with each student, make sure that you give accurate feedback. When your student does something correctly, provide direct and specific positive praise. For example, if a student correctly sounds out a hard word, say “Yes! That word is ___” or “Great! That word is ___.” This will affirm that they are correct and let them know what type of behavior will earn them praise. 

When a student makes an error, be sure to correct them right away. If you let a student continue to read after they make an error, they will not realize they made a mistake and they will not learn from it. If they mispronounced a word, gently correct them and help them read it. 

For example, you can say “That word is ____. What word is this?” or you can say, “Let’s sound out that word together. What word is this?”

Giving accurate feedback, when your students do things correctly and make mistakes, will help them become a stronger reader. 

For more information, contact Bethany Lutheran School or a similar location.