Active listening is a valuable skill for tutors to develop. Not only will it allow you to properly diagnose a students’ issues, but it will set an open, judgment-free tone for a tutoring session.
Quick Tips for Active listening:
When a tutor listens actively, it shows students that they are important enough to have your undivided attention. Some ways to demonstrate active listening:
When the student is done, you could follow-up with encouraging comments or ask probing questions to get a better sense of the situation.
Watch the video above. Discuss the tutor's listening skills as a group. What could she have done differently?
Small group activity/Role-playing
Taken from the University of South Carolina Aiken Academic Success Center's Presentation on Active Listening