15-Minute Tutor Time Activities

July 20, 2023 The Spark Tutoring Team

Being a private tutor, your main job is to teach students and provide information and notes to make them pass their exams the best way possible. However, teaching can mean a lot more than simply giving lessons and study material. A teacher must connect with the students before giving any kind of lesson, and the other way around, to make sure that everybody remains on the same page and nobody gets left behind.

Students have different calibres when it comes to studying and establishing a relationship with the teacher. Those who are successful in engaging in conversations with the teacher often do better in their studies. Again, there are a lot of times when students are shy and reserved, so they can’t open up and discuss their problems and responsibilities.

Tutoring activities are done to perform several functions, establishing a stronger connection between the tutor and students and among the students. As it helps lighten up the situation, it also helps students improve cognitive functions.

What is the importance of tutoring activities?

As it is mentioned that teaching goes beyond providing lessons and study material, preparation of the mind is essential and develops a pathway for greater reasoning. In later years, students get benefitted from the critical thinking and reasoning they develop in lower classes.

As everybody’s capacity to understand and learn varies, it is necessary to bring everyone to a common base so their progress can be observed better. A serious environment may be required to understand tough topics, but it does not work very well in the long run. Instead, a lighter mood ensures that the students learn better and have a better grasp of the topic.

Fun activities such as games are incredibly effective in improving focus and concentration. Also, students don’t get tired quickly. Games and challenges also help boost the students’ confidence a lot.

What are the most popular fun activities to follow?

Firstly, it is essential to note the time duration for such activities. Although it depends on the allotted time to tutor students, fifteen minutes of such activities can stimulate the brain in fantastic ways.

Three activities, each ranging five minutes, are more than enough to make that work. One activity should emphasise focus and cognition, another one should focus on managing different tasks at once, and the last one solely focused on fun and laughter so everybody can be on the same starting point.

These activities fulfil an important purpose – spreading joy and smiles. It is an excellent stimulator in the learning process and can lighten up the mind before engaging in challenging and rigorous tasks.

Being a great tutor is not the ability to teach a complex topic with great accuracy; but the ability to create joy and transfer it into studies. These activities will make you feel loved by your students, and you, as a tutor, can have a significant impact, not just as a tutor but as a significant being in their lives.

Three tutor time activities

Here are three different activities you can do as a tutor to further solidify your relationship with the students.

Activity 1

This game will require one cup per couple of students. The tutor will assign the students in such a way that each student will face one other, and a cup will be placed between them. The game will need long tables or benches to conduct.

The tutor will instruct the students on a number of commands which they have to follow. They would require to point or touch their head, shoulders, and arms as per the tutor’s instructions. When the tutor instructs ‘cup,’ they have to go for the cup. The first student to touch or grab the cup among the two would be the winner. And the game would go on.

Be sure to rotate the students randomly so everyone can face everyone and make the outcomes more interesting and fun.

The key takeaway from this game is that it is very engaging and exhilarating, so students will have a ton of fun participating. The game requires quick thinking and faster reaction, hence increasing the thrill. Fun-having students will bond with the tutor better.

Activity 2

There are various ways to engage students in doing multiple tasks at once through specific training. The best way to do this is to engage in a fun activity.

This game does not require teaming up; it can be played anywhere and anytime. It also does not require any props to play.

The tutor will ask the students to make a thumb-up sign with their right hand. Then, they have to point their index to the thumb up of the other hand. Now, they have to interchange the signs in both hands. The right index will point towards the thumb up in the left hand. Once they understand the task, they have to do it quickly without making any mistakes.

The task may sound like an easy one, but doing it at a go takes a lot of focus and determination. It also exercises both sides of the brain and increases hand coordination.

Another similar game requires the index fingers on both hands to point at each other. The student has to rotate the fingers simultaneously but in opposite directions. This one is a bit harder than the other, as they also have to maintain a similar speed in both hands.

Activity 3

Each student will need a small-sized piece of paper and a pen or marker. First, they have to place the paper flat on top of their head. Then they will use the pen to draw on it. The tutor and students can pick themes together, such as drawing a Christmas tree if it’s Christmas time. They will have one minute to draw and write their name underneath.

As challenging as it sounds, it is one of the best ways to create a strong bond between the tutor and students. It is difficult to draw anything correctly like that, so everyone can share a laugh together viewing their awkward drawing, and no one feels inferior or left out.

As a tutor, your goal is to make everyone feel secure and equal, so everyone can be the best version of their selves and inch towards their goal.