Tips for Successful Tutoring Sessions

 

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 01  Start Early

Get to know the tutoring staff and our services at the beginning of the semester so you can maximize your efforts and become a part of our learning community as you move toward your academic goals.

 

 

 02  Bring Your Tools With You

Bring your notes, assignment guidelines, questions, textbooks, online access codes, flash drives, or any other tools that will provide tutors with a full picture of the course, the instructor's expectations, and your concerns.

 

 

 

 03  Take Responsibility for Your Work

Our goal is to help you to help yourself.  We are here to build your confidence and skills as you master your classes, but tutoring does not serve as a substitution for the experience you will gain in the classroom.

Try homework or assignments on your own first--tutors cannot provide answers or merely check your work for accuracy, especially in math classes.  However, if your homework has been attempted, tutors can guide you to understanding the material.

Ultimately, responsibility for your work belongs to you, and only you can make choices about the content and quality of your assignments.

 

 

 04  Take the Time to Ask the Appropriate Questions

Closed questions are answerable with a quick "yes" or "no" and are suitable for situations when you only need guidance for a brief moment.

Open-ended questions are the kind of questions you want to ask when you must dive deeper in order to understand a subject. Our tutors are also here to help you take the deeper dive.

 

Instructors (and future employers) are looking for critical thinking skills that involve thoughtful and thorough responses to open ended questions.  Learning how to take the time and ask these kinds of questions is the first step in learning how to answer them.

 05  Be Pro-Active

When it comes to any difficulty you are experiencing in your classes, don't wait until midterm to seek advice or assistance from your instructors or from tutors. 

We are all here to help you succeed!

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