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How to Prepare for Your Tutoring Session

Tutoring sessions are meant to serve as supplements to classroom activities, not substitutes.

  • Attend every class – without your knowledge of what is happening in class, you limit your tutor’s ability to help.
  • Take good notes – when tutors can see what has been covered, they are in a much better position to guide you through difficult concepts and assist you in preparing for exams or completing assignments.

Anticipate your needs.

  • Making an appointment ahead of time gives you the best chance to get help at the time you prefer.
  • Tutoring appointments can be made up to two weeks in advance of your session.
  • Remember that appointments tend to fill up quickly, especially before exams.

Be punctual and prepared:

  • Appointments are limited to fifty minutes, so it is important that you arrive on time.
  • Make sure to bring all of the materials (text, class notes, your assignment, your laptop, etc.) you will need so that you and your tutor can stay on task.
  • It is helpful if you review your notes and attempt any homework assignments prior to the session.  In this way, you can begin a session with specific questions for your tutor.
  • Remember: Because you made the appointment, it is you who directs the session. The more specific your purpose, the more productive your session will be.

Be an active member of the session:

  • Tutoring sessions are meant to be active dialogs between tutors and tutees.  The tutor will listen and respond, but it is the student who should be doing most of the talking!
  • Remember that tutors cannot actually do the work for you, nor should they be expected to provide all of the answers.
  • Your tutoring session is your opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification on material that you do not understand.  It is also the time to develop your own problem-solving techniques under the guidance of an experienced mentor.
  • The more actively you participate, the more you will take away from your session.

It’s your appointment. Why not get as much as you can out of it?