Ingredients for a Successful Tutoring Session

For a tutoring session to be successful, it should be a collaboration between student and tutor. Here are some ways that students can make their tutoring sessions as successful as possible:

  • When using the Tutoring Center, sign in on the computer at the entry of the Center and/or on the individual session logs provided by your tutor.
  • When assigned a tutor through the Tutoring Center, contact the tutor(s) on your Request form to schedule the first appointment.  Both of you should agree upon a regular on-campus meeting place and time. Please keep all appointments and arrive on time for each session and/or communicate with your tutor if you need to reschedule, cancel, or are running late.
  • Respect tutors’ schedules; please recognize that tutors are students too and cannot be expected to be available at a moment’s notice.  When given a tutor’s contact information, please refrain from calling tutors numerous times or at inappropriate hours and/or making demands of tutors. If you are having difficulty arranging a meeting time with a tutor, please reach out to a PIER administrator for assistance.
  • Prepare for and attend all classes. Tutoring does not replace classroom instruction.  Tutoring complements and expands on information presented in class. Tutors are students and not teachers, so your professor is still the best resource for learning the material and asking questions about assignments (after all, they are the ones grading your work!).
  • Understand course requirements and communicate them to your tutor. Give your tutor as much information as possible about what you are working on and what materials your class is covering. Being able to explain to your tutor your strengths and weaknesses in the course as well as your study skills can help tutors address larger areas of need and focus on core strategies for academic success.
  • Prepare for each tutoring session: review for exams and quizzes, have assignments done (read chapters, work problems, complete drafts, etc.), and have specific questions ready.  Bring the appropriate course syllabus, textbook, class notes and assignment to your tutoring session.
  • Listen carefully to your tutor and ask questions.  Don’t hesitate to stop your tutor and ask questions.  Don’t hesitate to stop your tutor at any time during the session when you need further explanation.
  • Keep an open mind: your tutor may have valuable suggestions about note taking, test-taking, test-preparation, text reading, etc.  Try to practice any study skills suggested by your tutor.
  • Take ownership for your assignment: while tutors can absolutely assist in understanding course materials, at the end of the day, that assignment is the student’s responsibility.