This likely will be my last season of tutoring high school and university students. The final exams for the high school are coming up next week. I thought that it might be a good time to look back and reflect on those years.
I have started with tutoring already while I was in high school. At the beginning I would teach material that I just had learned myself shortly before. According to the four stages of competence this was just after crossing from conscious incompetence to conscious competence. I would recall pretty exactly what knowledge I lacked, which experiences were needed to understand. This made me a reasonable tutor for my peers.
Later on during university studies I did tutoring as an university employee and also on the side as a private tutor. In both cases I have eventually worked mostly with university students. In general university students are self-motivated and really want to understand the material at hand. Sometimes they just want to pass a course, sometimes they want to build a foundation that lasts longer. High school students on the other hand are usually not as conscious about their future as university students and seem to be a more motivated by their exam scores than with building a foundation. Of course, there are school subjects that one just has to bear with until graduation and already knows years in advance that they are not going to pursue a future into these directions. I certainly had those subjects and did not too well in them as I just lacked the motivation that drove me in physics and mathematics.