Being Prepared and Organized

Know What is Expected of You As A Tutor:

• Knowledge of and Dedication to Subject. You have been selected to tutor because you have shown that you're knowledgeable in the subject area. But, in order to be an effective tutor, you need to love your subject. The enthusiasm you bring to tutoring is contagious.

• Exemplary Attendance. You need to be very consistent in showing up for your tutoring appointments. It's also important to be early (at least on time) for your sessions. Students depend on you and learn from your behavior.

• Teach Study Skills. The lesson on the page is often not the most important lesson to learn. Most students need to improve their study habits. These should be incorporated into your guidance.

• Remain Flexible. Vary the way you explain and illustrate concepts. Use a variety of examples, materials, and resources.

• Make Efficient Use of Tutoring Time. Be prepared for your tutoring sessions. Envision how you'll use time with a student, whether it be 15 minutes or a full hour. Think of the best way to get from point A to point B. Begin sessions with an introduction and background information. End sessions with a summary and a plan for the future.

• Put Students in Charge of Their Own Learning. Tutors should never do a students coursework for them. At all times a tutor should be thinking of ways and methods for bringing about student independence. Try to make a student someone who can be successful without you.

• You Will Benefit More Than Your Students. Tutors learn more from tutoring than the students they assist. If you take your job seriously, you will develop skills and understanding that will enhance your education and life.

• Honesty. Don't be afraid to admit when you don't know the answer to a question or solve a problem. Nobody knows all the answers. Show students how to research information.

• Empathy. Put yourself in the shoes of the student who comes to tutoring. It can be humbling for students to ask for help. Give them your respect and attention. Never treat students like they're inferior to you, and never say "It's easy."

Sexual Harassment

As an employee of Lake Tahoe Community College it’s important to be aware of campus policies and procedures. Please review the Sexual Harassment policy.

Setting Up the Tutor Session

The better you are prepared; the better you will be able to tutor.
Arrive early for your tutoring session.

    • This provides a good example for your tutees.
    • This puts you and your tutees at ease.
    • Check in at the tutoring desk or office and complete any necessary paperwork.
    • Reflect on your previous session., and the goals of tutoring.
    • Review your notes and plan your approach.

    Prepare the tutoring environment.

      • Lighting – move to a place with adequate lighting
      • Noise – some students are sensitive to too much noise or quiet
      • Temperature – If you can’t control the temperature, don’t complain about it, make it work.
      • Seating – sit next to your tutee, not across the table.
      • Materials – place all materials in front of the student. This puts them in control of their own work.
      • Supplies – have any supplies (i.e. dictionary, charts, textbooks, models) available before the session.

Meeting Your Client's Needs
Be familiar with the demographics of the College. This will give you an understanding of the overall picture of the institution. Tutors should be aware that student diversity is wide range and includes a full spectrum of unique backgrounds which include:

ethnic, religious, educational, economic, health, social, and psychological, as well as learning style.

The better you meet your client's needs during a session, the better the session . Asking a few simple questions will allow you to conduct a Tutee Assessment.

This illustrates the importance of listening well, remaining open-minded, and being flexible. But tutors cannot solve all of a person’s problems. It’s a good idea to have an awareness of facilities on campus that can help, such as Financial Aid, Child Care, and Psychological Services.

It’s important for a tutor to be familiar with ingredients for a good session. Here are some aspects that will help you get organized:

Five Steps to Being an Effective Tutor. Keep the tone of the session positive, and remain honest with your tutees. Have a sense of humor. Have the ability to "lighten up" a situation. Have a good interaction with your client, a good give-and-take. Employ the Tutoring Cycle. 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. End the session on a positive note.

Ending the Tutoring Session

When you are through tutoring a student , rather than just say goodbye, you should positively assess the work that was done during the session. Talk to the student about what’s next. Have the student think about how s/he is going to apply what was learned today to the overall assignment or class. Rather than automatically setting up the next tutoring session, ask the student if s/he feels a follow-up session is necessary. This puts the responsibility where it belongs – the tutee decides if s/he will follow through. It’s important to end the session with a positive comment so that the student feels a sense of hope, as well as welcome to return for further tutoring.

After the student has left, take a few minutes to complete any tutor paperwork needed. Update your notes regarding this persons circumstances. You may have learned something new about this person’s background or condition. Make note of any follow-up you’ll want to do with this student.