Strategies for Successful Tutoring

What do students value most in a tutor?

  • Friendliness
  • Patience
  • Encouragement and confidence building
  • Ability to explain challenging rules/concepts/vocabulary in new ways
  • Long-term, supportive relationship
  • Availability / flexibility in scheduling

Tutoring Tips

Preparing for a session:

  • If possible, find out what the student wants to work on BEFORE you meet.
  • Choose a quiet, well-lit area.
  • Prepare pen/pencil, notepad, worksheets ahead of time.
  • Minimize student waiting times.

Meeting the Student for the first time:

  • Introduce yourself, but keep it professional.
  • Get to know the student a bit (for example, Why are they here?  What do they need help on most?)
  • Get a feel for the students energy level, and learning style.
  • Identify specific goals for that particular session.

During the session:

  • Learn a bit about how things are going with the class and the assignment before “jumping in”
  • Make sure student work matches the expectations for the assignment!!
  • Ask questions and offer clues, rather than simply providing answers.
  • Give clear explanations and feedback.

If you work for a school as a Tutor then you should also double check to see what policies or expectations they may have of you.  It’s important you provide a professional demeanor for the school you work for.

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