How To Teach Good Study Habits As a Tutor

As a tutor, one of your main goals is to help your students develop good study habits. This can be tricky, especially if you are working with students who have never been taught how to study effectively.
In this blog post, we will discuss some tips for teaching good study habits to your students. Let's get started!

Establish Rules and Expectations for Studying

By establishing rules and expectations from the beginning it will help your students know what is expected of them and how to conduct themselves during tutoring sessions. Make sure to go over these rules with your students before starting each session as a refresher for them.

Some basic rules that you can establish include:

  • arrive on time and be prepared for the session
  • turn off all distractions (e.g. phones, TVs, etc.)
  • focus on the task at hand
  • be respectful of you and your time

These rules and guidelines will vary from tutor to tutor so take into account what is important to you and what you want to accomplish with your tutoring when deciding what your rules are.

Set a Good Example

One of the best ways to teach good study habits is by setting a good example yourself. If you are constantly checking your phone or getting distracted during tutoring sessions, your students will likely follow your lead.

Instead, try to stay focused and engaged during the session. This will help your students learn how to focus on their work and stay on task.

Make Use of Different Study Techniques

There are many different study techniques that can be used in different subjects. Below are a few examples:

  • For maths and sciences, use flashcards or practice problems to review concepts
  • For language arts and social studies, read and annotate text passages
  • In all subjects, create a study schedule and stick to it

The best way to find out what works for your students is to try different techniques and see which ones work best. Be sure to provide feedback to your students about what techniques worked well and which ones need improvement. If your student found you by some form of tutor matching then that should help narrow down the subjects and techniques you will use. 

Help Your Student Create a Study Schedule

Another important tip is to help your students create a study schedule. This can be difficult for students who have never done it before, but with a little guidance they will eventually get the hang of it.

A study schedule helps students stay organised and ensures that they are studying regularly instead of cramming at the last minute, which will also help your students keep their stress levels down.

When creating a study schedule, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Make sure the schedule is realistic and can be followed easily
  • Incorporate breaks into the schedule so students don't get overwhelmed
  • Encourage students to stick to the schedule as much as possible

Encourage Your Student to Take Breaks and Get Some Exercise

It may seem counterintuitive, but students who take breaks while studying tend to retain more information than those who try to power through their studies. Breaks also give students a chance to clear their heads and come back to the material with fresh eyes.

In addition, exercise is a great way to relieve stress and improve focus. Encouraging your student to participate in physical activity outside of tutoring sessions can help them achieve success during their tutoring sessions.

Set Up a Designated Study Area

Ask your student to set up a designated study area. This can be in their room, at the kitchen table, or anywhere else that is quiet and free from distractions. Having a designated study area will help your student focus on their work and limit distractions.

Check In With Your Student Regularly

Be sure to check in with your students regularly to ensure that they are on track. This can be done through email, text, or phone calls. Checking in with your student will help you identify any areas where they may need extra help.

Be Patient and Positive - remember, every student learns differently!

One of the most important things to remember when teaching study habits is that every student is different. What works for one student may not work for another. You need to be flexible and adapt your teachings to fit each student's individual needs.

With that said, there are a few basic tips that all students can benefit from, but by creating a positive learning environment for all of your students you will be sure to get the best out of each of them. 


Teaching good study habits to your students can be a challenge, but it is possible. By following the tips above, you will be well on your way to helping your students succeed. Good luck and thanks for reading!