When considering my role, responsibilities and boundaries as a tutor within the terms of the training cycle, the best approach is to break the cycle down into its five main areas and consider what I do myself in each section.
As we know the training cycle has five main areas; - Identifying needs and planning, designing, facilitating, assessing and evaluating, but these are just headings, so let’s look at each section in the order of the cycle and show what my roles and responsibilities are.
I feel in it important on first contact to introduce yourself, Give a brief history of your knowledge on the subject you are instructing. This should help the student with confidence.
Ascertaining what qualification the student has may assist you with understanding what prior knowledge they may have and what level you will be able to teach at. Every student assimilates information by various degrees, some easy than others. You may need to get the learner to complete an initial assessment in the subject, a few questions and answer may be sufficient. Once complete one would be able to give advice to the learner on the best way to proceed. It may be the student prefers to be a kinetic type of leaning to an aural.
Once all this is complete I can then commence with the guidance and advice and start to fill out their learning pathway, this will enable both the student and tutor to follow the process. Hopefully by working closely together one would be able to understand the student’s weaknesses and strengths.
This will then allow me to design the course or session around their needs. Allowing me to work on the weaker points to bring them up to the required standard.
Being able to facilitate the student’s needs is an important part of the process, someone who “switches off to reading” may find it beneficial to act out in role play. Having the options available will enable you to cater for many needs.
During the whole of the subject I would be assessing the student,...