The challenge of tutoring varies for each tutor. The obstacles faced by teachers in tuition centers, private one-to-one tutors, and school teachers are all entirely different. This is mainly because the class strength is different, and the classroom setting is varied for each of these as well.
Education has evolved to a great extent throughout history and the changes are so rapid recently that tutors seem to be overwhelmed with stress. It is important for tutors to never buckle under pressure and give in to the thoughts of self-doubts about their own teaching skills.
So, here are some ways to manage stress!
An Escape Route
Sometimes tutors would need a day off. A small vacation or a small get-away will enable tutors to gain some inspiration and get back their motivation. Teaching can be draining of energy, and it could cause them to lose their will to teach if their schedule is thinned out to a great extent. It is perfectly fine to take the break that is needed instead of being in denial.
Teachers need to be at their optimum performance level to provide the best for their students. The significance of teaching is often underestimated and not well understood by everyone. One American study found out that if black pupils were taught by the best quarter of teachers, they will perform exceedingly well, and the status quo (the gap that exists between the white pupils and black pupils in academic achievements will change. This goes to show how important the job of a teacher is!
Feeling Of Inadequacy
Every tutor will go through this at one point in their life or another. Young teachers most commonly would doubt their teaching skills which would attribute to their stress. Teachers qualify following a long, specialized course. Hence it is important for tutors to keep in mind that they have gone through the necessary training to teach well.
Teaching doesn’t come so easily, and one cannot master it right after graduating. They become better teachers the more they practice teaching with real pupils in real classrooms. However, another problem kicks in when the improvement in teaching slowly tails off after years of remaining in that field.
Learning From The Best
Learning is a never-ending journey and there is so much to explore in the field of teaching. In a study done across the OECD club, two-fifths of teachers say they have never had to opportunity to learn by sitting in on another teacher’s classes. They haven’t had the opportunity to gain some valuable feedback or constructive criticisms from senior teachers as well. It is important to keep honing one’s skills and this is the best way to combat the stress that’s created by imposter syndrome.
With teaching, the route to mastery is not entirely theoretical. It is mostly dependent on consistent practice and self-analysis! It takes time, lots of patience, hard work, and a passion for the job to excel in this profession.