Patience: Oftentimes tutors know the subject a little too well for their own good. Maybe they speak too fast. Maybe they assume the student has further understanding then they really have.
Empathy: Nobody knows exactly how a student thinks or what the shortcoming may be in all scenarios. But if a tutor can step back and think about the problem as the student might–they’re on the right track. Consider what they do know…may a sport they play. Then incorporate that into the lesson.
A Great Listener: The first step to help a student is identifying the issue. Some tutors just like to hear themselves talk. Find the ones who spend more time listening than talking.