Remember that students have good days and bad days. On a down day, instead of quitting early, read to your student–the newspaper, a chapter from a book, or a magazine article. Listening strengthens the auditory channel and gives the student an opportunity to hear the phrasing and inflection in oral reading. he or she may also find it relaxing. Also remind your student to:
- Make special time to study after work that is not too late.
- Have good lighting around the study area.
- Decide where to do homework. This is as important as when to study.
- Use a comfortable, straight-back chair.
- Decide whether a quiet setting or background noise enhances concentration.
- Keep the study area stocked with pencils, erasers, note cards, pens, sharpeners, etc.
- Develop a personal reference center with a dictionary, encyclopedias, thesaurus, atlas, and globe.
- Ask for help or jot down the questions that arise and discuss these at the next tutoring session.