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Steven Reid, LVCA Program Manager, answers tutor questions in a regular advice column. Tutors can submit questions to Steven at any time and he'll answer them here for the benefit of all. 

Dear Steven,

My student does not seem to have a lot of confidence in her abilities to learn and sometimes is afraid to make a mistake during our sessions. I’d like to address this but I do not know how. Do you have a suggestion on how to help her understand that it’s okay to make mistakes?

Making Mistakes

Dear Making Mistakes,

Having a fear of failure and making mistakes is common among adult students. I’d suggest that you work with her on finding the positives in making a mistake with you. Show her that it’s the reason she’s meeting with you. Give her (and let her give herself) permission to mess something up completely, and that you’re there to work on exactly those things.