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Tutoring Tips

DO... DON'T...
  • Listen carefully and observe
  • Ask questions to gain better understanding
  • Be patient
  • Reduce distractions
  • Encourage the student to participate and be engaged
  • Provide positive feedback
  • Use your creativity and imagination!
  • Act professional - be kind but firm.
  • Learn students' strengths and weaknesses.
  • Involve the student in planning and goal-setting
  • When in doubt, contact your supervisor or another tutor for  help 
  • Recommend campus and community resources when appropriate
  • End each session positively
  • Lose focus
  • Do the assignment for the student
  • Be afraid to say you are unsure of the answer.  Take time to show the student how you find the answer!
  • Ignore or rush students
  • Make negative comments about assignments, instructors, coworkers, or other students. If your tutee has complaints about an instructor, redirect as soon as you are able.
  • Grade the assignment - even estimating what grade an assignment might receive
  • Minimize or maximize the task (Examples: "This is too hard for anyone.", "This is so easy a kid could do it.")
  • Tutor in an unknown subject
  • Forget to encourage the student by acknowledging progress and improvement.

Online Training

  • Effective Tutoring Strategies  
    Informative tutoring slideshow prepared by Christine Connerly, Associate Director, Student Learning Center, California State University, Chico, CA, Email:

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