Accessible tutoring helps to build a more inclusive learning environment that values and supports the diversity of its students. This can help create a sense of belonging and connection among students, which can improve their overall well-being and academic success.
- Clear communication
Use clear and concise language when communicating with your students, and check frequently whether you are being understood. Eg. use visual aids and diagrams to supplement your explanations, as this can help students who have difficulties processing language.
- Patience and flexibility
Be patient and flexible with your students, and be willing to adjust your teaching style or approach as needed. Some students may need more time to process information or may require a different approach to learning.
- Multiple ways to access information
Use a variety of teaching materials and methods to present information, such as text, audio, and visual aids. This can help students who have different learning styles or who may have difficulty accessing certain formats.
- Accessible educational material
Make sure that all materials, such as worksheets or handouts, are accessible to all students. Use clear fonts and colours, and provide alternative formats such as Braille or audio recordings for students who may have issues with printed materials.
- Comfortable learning environment
Create a comfortable and supportive learning environment that is free from distractions and noise. Be aware of any sensory sensitivities or physical limitations that your students may have, and make adjustments as needed. Eg. avoid auto-play audios and videos in the educational material.
- Focusing on the positive
Provide positive feedback based on the student's strengths. This helps building their confidence and motivation. Let them know that you are proud of their progress and that you believe in their abilities.
- Ask for feedback
Finally, solicit feedback from your students to ensure that your tutoring sessions are meeting their needs. Encourage students to provide feedback on accessibility issues, and be open to making changes to improve the accessibility of your tutoring sessions.