How to Keep a Student’s Fear of Failure From Getting in the Way of Learning.

Failure is not final, it is a chance to start again with the knowledge gained from what went before. -Leon Brown

As a Skype tutor, I have found that my students often hire me because they have failed to learn the language using local resources. Moreover, many of these students are dealing with various learning disabilities. As someone with a background of working with children with disabilities, I can use more specialized skills to meet their needs and so my students want to give my services a try. However, in hiring a Skype tutor, they often wonder if the distance barriers will make things harder. So, as their tutor, I have to help them understand that it is through the online platform, coupled my experience, that I am uniquely equipped to help them through their struggles. In my experience, if this foundation isn’t laid in the first session, students tend to procrastinate and avoid studying because of their dread of it. Then my lessons are ineffective from the beginning. To tell you how I accomplish this, I will tell you the story of Andrew, a Dyslexic student who was failing his Spanish class.

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