The relationship between the tutor and the student or the tutee defines the quality of tutoring your child gets. The tutor’s level of authority and the age difference determines how the relationship progresses. Sometimes, peer tutoring works, but other times, a child may need an older and wiser tutor to lead.

The tutor and the student relate well with each other if they are nearer in age than with an older tutor. The in-home tutor who is also in college or is fresh from college knows how to communicate with a high school student. However, a more experienced tutor who is older and wiser can handle serious cases, such as those students with learning disabilities or those with emotional problems that impede their studies.

When the relationship between tutor and student fails, awkward moments and feelings of discomfort interrupt the learning process. In addition, the tutor fails to achieve the goals of in-home tutoring, which include building trust and camaraderie with one’s tutee. That is why it is very important for tutors to maintain a good professional relationship with their tutees or students.

Most professional tutors received training in adapting to the different personalities and the special needs of their students. However, some tutors forget sometimes to exercise utmost patience with their students. Aside from that, eh personalities of tutors do not always fit with the personality of their tutees.

Aside from being patient and flexible, the tutor should also be keen enough to know if the child is enjoying or is already bored with the tutoring methods. The tutor may practice a teaching style that does not fit the student’s learning style. This may cause some problems because a person’s style of learning often reflects in the teaching method applied. If a tutor does not know how to adjust to the learning style of the student, then a learning problem ensues.

Differences between the tutor and the tutee can be an obstacle to learning. However, if tutors know how to look for commonalities, then learning would be a lot more fun and easy. Even though the child has a different personality, the tutor can try to find common interests.

Finding common interests provide many benefits, the least of which is building camaraderie in the relationship. Tutors can incorporate their common interest with the student into their lessons. They can also use it as a reward for the tutee’s good performance.