When students realize that time is getting short and they need to get their grade up, they often look to get tutoring. The problem is many students need tips on how to make the most of a tutoring sessions!   Here are some suggestions to share with your students to help them have a better tutoring experience so they can see the benefits of preparing for a session and asking the right questions while they are in session!

  • They are in control of the tutoring session.
    • They pick the topic.
    • They indicate whether a calculator is permitted.
    • They need to decide what method they would like to use when there is a choice.
  • The more clearly students can articulate WHAT is confusing to them, the easier it will be for the tutor to provide useful help.
  • They should prepare for the tutoring before they arrive so they can maximize what is accomplished in limited time.
    • Have questions marked with post it notes or other markers.
    • Don’t have 100 loose papers to shuffle through!
    • Know what chapter, section, and page numbers questions relate to.
  • Going to tutoring sooner rather than later is always best, but even a cram session can help, if it is effectively done.
  • It helps if they can estimate the amount of time needed to meet their goals.

Many students arrive at tutoring and by the time they shuffle through papers, vent about their teacher, and tell their life story there is not much time for the actual tutoring session. To make the experience as helpful as possible, here are some do’s and don’ts.

5 ineffective tutoring starters…The DON’T’s!

  • I am totally lost…
  • I don’t know what section we are on…
  • I don’t know how my teacher does it…
  • My teacher is awful because…
  • Let me look for my _____….

5 GREAT question starters… YES, DO these things!

  • I am OK with steps one and two but I don’t understand where this number came from in step three…
  • I don’t fully understand what the word_______ means…
  • Could you review the steps for _____________ with me…
  • In this formula I don’t understand what the symbol ____ represents…
  • Here is the way my teacher does it (show the tutor your notes), I would like you to show me how to do it using that method…

Share this post with your students so they can be time efficient and walk out of a tutoring session with the skills they need to move forward!