Hi, after a bit of advice. I have a couple of students who are really reluctant to learn. I’ve always been a very laid back tutor and I always try to make my lessons fun (I’m a bit quirky) but the one thing I always insist: I don’t care if you get it wrong, as long as you try. Many of my students like this approach, as some of them feel it’s very different to the pressurised environment of school. They have all made progress.
I’ve got this one student: he is rather lazy. He has the ability, I’m sure of it, but when he writes me a piece of work, it’s Year 2 standard. He’s Year 9. He constantly forgets full stops and makes basic errors. The frustrating thing is when he DOES put the effort in, he can produce beautiful writing so it makes me so mad when he produces a sub-standard piece of work that he’s rushed out in five minutes.
I’ve spoken to his mum, and we’ve talked about a reward system, but it doesn’t seem to have made any difference. I’ve tried so much to try and inspire him, but he often makes up silly excuses as to why he won’t work (‘my full stop button is broken’).
Any advice on how to really engage this kid?! I know I’m a good tutor but I’m at my wit’s end here.