No matter how well a student does academically (with stellar grades and perfect student attendance), since we are all humans of imperfection, there will definitely be areas of improvement that can be worked on. The paradigm of teaching has undergone dynamic changes over the past few decades. This is all due to the changing needs and wants of societies across and the globe.
More recently, the pandemic has wrecked a havoc and many school and tuition teachers have had to switch to online learning. Since traditional classroom learning became impossible for a period of time, teachers had to roll with the punched and change their teaching techniques to fit the model of virtual learning.
Every good tutor would aim to develop themselves to change their teaching techniques and be more accommodative to student’s learning needs. No matter how much teaching strategies and mode of learning changes, some things remain constant and one of which is tutor feedback!
Here are some reasons why tutor feedback is important!
LEARNING FROM MISTAKES
Making mistakes is part and parcel of growing and learning. Often times, children are too naïve to understand that they need to accept that making mistakes is normal. If they have the mindset that getting answers wrong on a test or failing an exam is the end of the world, it will lead to unwanted emotional damage.
Students need to have a positive outlook on making mistakes and getting things wrong. Of course, those mistakes cost precious marks on a test or exam but that is worth it because something new is being learnt. One gets to identify his knowledge gaps by analysing why the mistake was made in the first place.
When tutors provide their students with constructive feedback, they would have analysed their students to begin with. After giving those observation and analyses some careful thought, they would have then picked out possible areas of improvement. From a third-person perspective, it is easier to spot the errors.
WE DON’T KNOW IT ALL
According to Piaget’s theory of cognitive development, children at the preoperational stage develop something called “egocentricism”. This basically means that the child is unable to view situations from another person’s point of view. They are self-absorbed and insist at times that what they say or do is right.
Though this is thought to be a phase that goes by, one can never strip off ego from themselves till the very last breath. Our actions are based on it and it hurts when someone undermines it. What one can do is to manage this in a healthy manner and use it to one’s advantage.
Students need to be taught from a very young age that it is not possible for one to know it all. There will be moments of disappointments and there will be embarrassing circumstances when your peers know an answer and you don’t. Instead of becoming dumbfounded and channelling your energy onto the path of anger, you need to take a few deep breadths and tell yourself that you don’t need to know it all.
Ask your school teachers, seek help from your tuition teachers; they are all there to help you!
ACCEPT YOUR FLAWS
There’s good and bad, pros and cons, strengths and weaknesses to everything. We can’t escape the dichotomy; we’ve got to learn to live with it. An expert was always once a beginner. This means that he or she who is good at what they do would have gone the extra mile to seek out their flaws and work relentlessly on them.
Another common trait among successful individuals is that they never fear taking reasonable risks and their mind is always open to constructive criticism. They understand that in order for one to learn something, one needs to break their bubble and step out of their comfort zone. Flaws makes us who we are, so one should always be accepting of others’ feedback, no matter how challenging it may be.