Steps to Being an Effective Tutor

Know what is expected as a tutor:
There are important differences between the role of the tutor and that of the classroom teacher. There are differences in the approaches, relationships, and techniques used. The tutor works one on one and in close proximity with the student. The close contact and the interchange that occurs during a tutoring session may not be what the student is accustomed to. The tutor may have to strive to develop a good rapport with the student within this environment.

Meet your student’s needs:
Ask questions to assess the student’s understanding of the subject. Remember to engage the student and try not to lecture. Determine the student’s need so they can succeed in the subject. Attempt to use the following:
• Use good questioning techniques
• Positive ways of correcting students
• Positive problem solving

Ingredients of a good tutoring session:
The following are some of the necessary ingredients for a good session:
• Greet your student and give them your undivided attention
• Have empathy with your student’s problems
• Set the agenda
• Have a sense of humor
• Have the ability to “lighten up” a situation
• Have a good interaction with your student, a good give-and-take
• Know your student’s strengths and weaknesses
• Work through your student’s strengths to improve his/her weaknesses
• Make your student feel good about him/herself and his/her accomplishments
• Know when to stop a session

Ending the tutoring session:
When the session is over do not just say “good-bye”. You should:
• Assess the work that was done during the session in a positive manner.
• Re-schedule for another session if necessary
• Do any necessary tutor paperwork
• Always end the session with a positive comment

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