With spring and summer well and truly on the way, you might be tempted to move some of your tutoring sessions outside. While sometimes considered to be a distraction not worth bothering with, there’s also plenty of good reasons for take young minds into the great outdoors.
Here’s five reasons to get you started:
1. Fidgety tutees may cope better with the greater degree of freedom which comes with being outside. Particularly after a whole day at school, some students may find it hard to sit still for a hour’s tutoring session, so take them outside and let them stretch out on the grass or stand up and recite poetry to the sun.
2. Contact and interaction with nature can be a fantastic creative stimulus for tutoring sessions, which require it. Bring literature or poetry with a nature focus to life and let your students feel the sun and breeze on their skin, helping them to better engage with the words ad emotions in the text.
3. Reluctant tutees may gain a new lease of life in the great outdoors, where it’s easier for learning and fun to meet. Try playing a simple game like catch while trying to remember French vocab, geographical terminology or scientific facts.
4. Health gains an automatic boost when you take learning outside, whether it’s through being active, breathing more deeply or simply gaining some mood boosting vitamin-D. Being outside can re-energise lethargic tutees and help to reawaken their interest in learning at a time when they’re ready to switch off.
5. Certain subjects can gain a real boost from being outside, particularly with Geography, Biology or an area of a subject that directly relates to what’s outside. If you’re struggling to justify a whole lesson outside or are concerned that focus may decline, then nip into the garden for an energising starter activity, or go to examine a plant, the weather or something else relevant to the lesson.