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Tutoring Tips

  1. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOU NEED HELP!
    It might be too late. Sign up early and go often. Start attending tutoring within the first two to three weeks of the semester and continue to go every week. Even if you think you understand the course material, use the tutoring sessions for review and test preparation. By attending a tutoring session early and every week, you may be able to prevent a minor misunderstanding of the material from becoming a big problem.
  2. STAY FOR A FULL 50 MINUTES TO AN HOUR
    It is a waste of everyone's time if you only go to a tutoring session for 10 minutes. It is best to stay for at least 45 to 50 minutes to study a specific subject. If you think you understand the material, explain it back to the tutor in your own words. If you cannot do that, you really do not know the material.
  3. USE YOUR TIME EFFECTIVELY
    Practice and review the material. If you do not have any questions or problems, go over study skills, such as note-taking methods for lectures. Review the course assignments, study guides, etc. to prevent cramming the night before an exam.
  4. DO NOT HAVE A TUTOR DO YOUR HOMEWORK
    You are earning the grade in the course, not the tutor. Ask tutors to have practice worksheets for a related course available. If you cannot answer related material correctly, then you most likely do not understand the material. This will result in a low grade on a test or in the course.

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Supplies to Bring to a Tutoring Session

  • Pencils/pens and erasers
  • Paper
  • Course notes
  • Textbook
  • Syllabus
  • Study guide/assignments
  • Calculator (for math courses)