Five Steps to Being an Effective Tutor



STEP ONE: Know What is Expected of You As A Tutor

Know your responsibilities and duties as a tutor in regards to

  • Clients
  • Supervisors
  • Instructors
  • Other Tutors
    STEP TWO: Setting Up the Tutor Session

    The better you are prepared; the better you will be able to tutor. Learn how to:

  • Shape the tutoring environment.
  • Prepare yourself for your client.
  • Prepare the necessary tutoring paperwork

    STEP THREE: Meeting Your Client's Needs

    The better you meet your client's needs during a session, the better the session . Get to know your client's:

  • Psychological needs
  • Academic needs
  • Social needs.

    STEP FOUR: The Ingredients of a Good Tutor Session

    The following are some of the necessary ingredients for a good session:

  • Greet your client and give them your undividied attention
  • Have empathy with your client's problems.
  • Be honest with your client.
  • Set the Agenda
  • Have a sense of humor.
  • Have the ability to "lighten up" a sitution.
  • Have a good interaction with your client, a good give-and-take.
  • Know your client's strengths and weaknesses.
  • Work through your client's strengths to improve his/her weaknesses.
  • Make your client feel good about him/herself and his/her accomplishments.
  • Know when to stop a session
  • End the session on a positive note.

    STEP FIVE: Ending the Tutoring Session

    Do not just say "good-bye" when the session is over. You should:

  • Positively assess the work that was done during the session.
  • Give assignments if appropriate.
  • Re-schedule for another session.
  • Do any necessary tutor paperwork.
  • Always end the session with a positive comment.




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