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TVCC Peer Tutor Training (Terrell Campus): Foundations of Tutoring

Foundations of Tutoring

Foundations of Tutoring:

Please review the following PowerPoint to gain an understanding of your role as a Peer Tutor.

What to Expect

1. Get to know your tutee and assess their learning style.

2. Keep sessions confidential.

3. Be patient, flexible, & adaptable

4. Be punctual and prepared.

5. Start at a level within grasp of the tutee and explain information in a simple fashion.

6. Do not attempt too much in one session.

7. Listen - center your attention on the tutee.

8. When a tutee's response is wrong, tell him/her how to achieve the correct response.

9. Admit it if you do not know the answer.

10. Do not interrupt when the tutee is talking.

11. Check for understanding.  Try different methods.

12. Do not do the actual work for the tutee.

13. Give lots of praise.

14. Use supplemental resources.

3 Core Tutoring Strategies

3 Core Tutoring Strategies to Remember:

1.  Wait Time:

Waiting for students to volunteer a well developed answer to a question takes time.  You should wait at least 30 seconds before helping guide them to the right answer. Avoid interrupting student answers; they should feel as though they are in a safe environment to at least attempt an answer.

2. Redirecting Questions:

Avoid taking on the responsibility of always providing answers to questions.  Use redirecting question techniques to help guide the student to the correct answer. 

3. Check for Understanding:

It's important to take a couple of minutes to check a student's understanding of the material covered during the tutoring session.  This should be a time where students are not allowed to look at notes or text books. 


Things to Keep in Mind

There are some things you should keep in mind as you transition into the role of a tutor:           

1. Tutoring isn’t always easy; there will be difficult days.

2. Don’t expect everyone to learn the same; each person learns in different ways

3. Tutoring is not teaching what’s taught in class

4. There is not only one way to do math

5. There is not only one way to tutor any given subject

6. You are not expected to do anyone’s work, nor are you permitted to

7. Do not argue with professors, students or administration; if you have concerns, express them with the Coordinator.

8. Avoid asking “yes” and “no” questions

9. Do not act like a teacher or be one; a tutor is a support guide for students