Three Keys to One-on-One Teaching

1. Students are helped by seeing a model of the desired performance, such as an instructor's demonstration, a videotape, or an observation of a skilled performer. When instructors perform, they should direct students' attention to crucial aspects of the technique.

2. Students are helped by verbal cues or labels that identify key features of the skill. Irrelevant details usually distract students.

3. Simplified simulations or demonstrations are more useful starting points than complex, real-life situations, which may overwhelm students with too many details (McKeachie 2002).