Shalthis Says: What to Look For in a Tutor
Getting trained in Rocket League can be very important. A game like this requires a lot of skill to play exceptionally. So, what should you look for in a trainer? Well, aside from someone who is good at the game, you need a good teacher. That is more important than player skill, in my opinion. Obviously, you want someone capable of winning but look at their patience and decision-making, too. As a teacher, you need to be able to answer the question “how do I aerial?” as more than just “tilt back and boost”.
In fact, don’t be surprised if your teacher answers many of your questions with their own questions. A good instructor gets a gauge on how the pupil can play and even what their decision-making is like, because that is very important. Both ways, it’s very important. Decision-making is much more important than wins and losses and it’s necessary that your instructor can pass along that information and why they make the decisions that they do.
Someone good to get taught by is a coach, since it’s their job to analyze and provide feedback. A successful coach also knows how to deliver information, so you – as a student – can gain a lot from what they have to say. Coaches are few and far between in Rocket League, so ask a player you respect for a recommendation. Also, look for analysts and casters, since they have seen a lot of teams and players and, like coaches, they have to give information in a very clear and concise way.
All 3 of those options are good but if you’re a player and also want to be a tutor, keep those things in mind. It’s okay if you can’t properly teach. Sometimes, being a great player doesn’t mean you’ll be a great teacher, so you can’t do that. Some are better teachers than players, and that’s okay, too. As a student, you want a good teacher, above all else. Someone who has a lot of experience watching other teams and/or analyzing replays is good since they know what they’re looking for.
It’s important you also get classes instead of a one-time session since general tips can be useful but specific follow-up is critical if you’re looking to become that much better at Rocket League. Finding a good tutor can be difficult, but as long as they demonstrate good teaching and decision-making skills on the pitch, you’re in good shape.