We know that it can sometimes be difficult to get pupils really engaged with their MyTutor sessions and keep them attending every week. Since we know that MyTutor will have the highest impact if students attend all of their sessions and build a rapport with their tutors, we’ve worked with schools to collate lots of ideas for how to keep pupils engaged.
Talk to pupils about how they’re feeling about their lessons
- If anyone feels they’d gain more from their lessons with a new tutor, let us know and we can look into a new match (some pupils benefit from a tutor of the same gender, and we’re more than happy to make tutor swaps in this case)
- While we’d always advise that webcams and headsets are kept on, let pupils know that they can turn them off if they’re nervous until they feel more comfortable with their tutor
- Encourage pupils to explore their tutor’s profile, so that they have a better understanding of who they’ll be working with - they can do this from their account, by clicking on their tutor’s name
Establish a reminder system for your pupils
- Email pupils on the morning of their next lesson and encourage your team to verbally remind pupils before every lesson
- Ask pupils to make a note of the time of their lessons in their school timetable or planner
- Make sure the time and day of lessons is still working for your pupils - if their timetables have changed, we can help you to adjust lesson times
Get parents engaged and on-side
- Send our MyTutor Letter to families - our data shows that family engagement leads to increased attendance
- Get parents and carers on-side by making them aware of the programme and encourage them to remind their children to attend every week
Consider replacements to boost overall engagement
- Identify pupils on less than 25% attendance using your teacher portal and reach out to these pupils to check if there’s anything we can do to help them engage
- If not, you can select a new pupil, or reallocate hours to your best attending pupils from your account - here’s our FAQ on how you can do this
For more tips and tricks from schools who’ve run really successful programmes, check out our MyTutor Schools blog.