Sage Advice: Tutoring Tips from the Masters – Part 2

More sayings from Confucius that relate to tutoring:

“Learning without thought is labor lost. Thought without learning is intellectual death.”

The point of education is not to become a walking encyclopedia but to encounter information that induces us to think, reflect, examine, and draw conclusions. In a similar vein, one can do all the latter, but without encountering information, all that thinking will lead to erroneous conclusions and flawed critical faculties.

“I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge, but I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there.”

Some of the wisest women and men were avid students of ancient philosophy and literature. The study of the past enables an individual to step outside of his or her own culture and period in history and think more critically of his/her modern age. No student’s education is complete without a deep understanding of history.

“If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.”

Learning through example is one of the better methods by which students can improve themselves. A good mentor is always beneficial, and a tutor should always strive not just to teach but to set a good example for the student.


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