It is said that 'To forge a relationship, there is the need for the two parties to know each other.' Thus, tutors and their students must know each other since the effectiveness of the teaching and learning activities that ensue between them largely depends on this 'self-disclosure' especially on the part of the tutor. However, to what extent can a tutor unearth his/her self-identity to students?
Granted, unveiling the personal information of a tutor has its own benefits. For instance, when students know the attitudinal behavior of their tutors, they know how to relate to them well. This includes when and how students can channel their grievances to him, his/her teaching methods, mode of assessment, and ethical standards among many others. All these triggers cordial relationships amongst the tutor and the students.
Moreover, some tutors narrate their life stories such as their academic achievements to students with the sole aim of motivating them to work very hard to reach and even surpass their own attained feat. However, if impressing students is the target of a tutor's who constantly beats his/her academic drum, then it is misplaced or irrelevant.
Furthermore, some tutors share their hard, personal experiences in life to students. Sometimes, they