People can be tutored, but not facilitated.
Only processes can be facilitated; people, not.
Just as in being taught, a student can also very easily simply sit back and enjoy the boredom of being tutored. Tutoring can all too easily become just the same old baby-sitting, spoon-feeding edutainment of teaching in the big-school classroom - only now on an individual level.
However, "facilitating" the process of study, necessarily requires both participants (facilitator and student) to take ACTIVE part in the process. The student initially identifies questions that they are unable to answer on their own. Then the facilitator answers those questions, and based on the mutual, two-way communication, then identifies possible further gaps in the student's understanding, and helps them to fill in those gaps for themselves.
Study facilitation necessarily requires the student to take part in, ownership of and responsibility for their own studies, decisions, choices, actions and life. Tutoring, all to easily, not.
That's why not "tutoring" anymore, but "facilitating" now.
All home-instructionists (if there is such a word) know that:
there is more learning in facilitation
than in study.
Let your child explain the content and skills to you, and/or to other students.
You yourself must want to learn from them, by asking questions.
...and so they will learn to communicate
"without misunderstanding" (I think it was Socrates who said this)
be UNable to "explain it simply"
because they "don't understand it well enough" themselves (Einstein).
School Education / Skoolonderwys
Memorisation / Memorisering
Learner / Leerder
Teacher / Onderwyser
Value-Fostering/-age and / Waarde-Opvoeding en
Home-Instruction in Knowledge & Skills / Tuisonderrig in Kennis & Vaardighede
...vs. School Education / ...vs. Skoolonderwys
Study, Research, Long-term Integration / Studie, Navorsing, Langtermyn Integrasie
...vs. Short-term Memorisation / ...vs. Kort-termyn Memorisering
Student vs. Learner / Student vs. Leerder
Study Facilitator vs. Teacher / Studiefasiliteerder vs. Onderwyser
Home-Instructionist, Parent / Tuisonderrigter, Ouer
The purpose of this proposed terminology is to distinguish between "school" concepts which inculcate dependence, and "home" concepts which establish maturity; and not to mix the two.
Are you flexible? No, I am not asking whether you can touch your toes or scratch your back! I am talking about mental flexibility, the attribute of a good tutor.
A tutor is not a teacher - and a teacher is often an inadequate tutor, because he or she lacks one vital component ... flexibility.
I worked for a top tutorial agency in the UK for some fourteen years; during that time, I helped around 300 students at levels from 11+ Common Entrance to Cambridge A levels and beyond, in around 12 subjects. Few of these students had been badly taught: some, in fact, had been very well-taught, and required little but polishing and morale-boosting to achieve what they were capable of.
So why were the others referred to me? A few had been bullied by the teacher(s), an occasional student needed to catch up due to prolonged illness or parental transfer. HOWEVER... the majority arrived with a common problem: lack of teacher or curriculum flexibility.
They came to me for help of a very specific nature, often confined to a small area within a subject, which neither the teacher nor the textbook(s) could explain in terms that the particular student could understand.
Why? A teacher's training, and typical school textbooks, are aiming at the "average" student, whatever their IQ, and the instruction is given in a class of 30 or more - often many more - students. The student having a specific problem may be the only one with that problem in that class - the teacher may have to go deeply into the problem to identify it, and even if (s)he has the experience to do so, is unlikely to have the time available to explain it.
And that is where the tutor steps in. The tutor can make time to dig into the problem, often by adopting a lateral or other non-standard approach, drawing on years of personal experience, and then put together a solution tailored to the particular student's need, while adding to it the reassurance that he or she is not lazy, stupid, or weird in any way, and certainly not unteachable.
The result will be... one happy and more confident student, and one holder of purse-strings feeling they have received value for money. And that is the bottom line of what a good tutor provides: value and satisfaction.
Janet Y Henderson
Here the facilitators might philosophize some on education, entertainment, edutainment, baby-sitting, spoon-feeding, nappy-changing, potty-training, house-training, people-training, training training, teaching, tutoring, instruction, learning, reading, media, study, study facilitation and all the other things that study facilitators philosophize about... ;-)