Making Astronomy Tutoring More Interesting
Many astronomy students are faced with the reality of the depth of study once they enter the second chapter of the textbook. Students take the class thinking that it will be all constellations and stars, but don’t realize the true scientific theories presented in higher levels of the course. For this reason they decide to hire a tutor to solidify the information learned in class, and to enrich the experience, causing the information to remain within the mind.
As an astronomy tutor there are many things that you can do to ensure that the student retains the information. Making the literature interesting is a key part of the process, as much of it is theories and formulas.
Consider a trip to the local planetarium to consider the real scope of the universe and to provide experience with the formulas required to calculate distance. For many students, this is the ultimate perspective, as it all seems to come together once the magnifying is demonstrated in person. Many of the theories and formulas associated with astronomy have to do with distance, and therefore this valuable tutoring tool is available for low cost, throughout the duration of the tutoring sessions.
Consider taking into account planetary events that may occur throughout the duration of the course. These events are a valuable teaching tool, as they are a valuable period as the “how” and “why” of the events can be determined. This is a valuable time to discuss planet rotation, lunar and solar eclipses, even the changing of tides.
Science has more to do with theories and formulas so many children, adolescences and even adults learn by example and do not fall under the visual or auditory learning processes. For this reason, it is important to step outside of the classroom, the home and the library to examine the astrological events the world in a matter in which they can relate.