Five Steps to Being an Effective Tutor

STEP ONE: Know What is Expected of You As A Tutor

Know your responsibilities and duties as a tutor in regards to

  • Clients
  • Supervisors
  • Instructors
  • Other Tutors

STEP TWO: Setting Up the Tutor Session

The better you are prepared; the better you will be able to tutor. Learn how to:

  • Shape the tutoring environment.
  • Prepare yourself for your client.
  • Prepare the necessary tutoring paperwork

STEP THREE: Meeting Your Client's Needs

The better you meet your client's needs during a session, the better the session . Get to know your client's:

  • Psychological needs
  • Academic needs
  • Social needs.

STEP FOUR: The Ingredients of a Good Tutor Session

The following are some of the necessary ingredients for a good session:

  • Greet your client and give them your undivided attention
  • Have empathy with your client's problems.
  • Be honest with your client.
  • Set the Agenda
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Know when to stop a session
  • End the session on a positive note.

STEP FIVE: Ending the Tutoring Session

Do not just say "good-bye" when the session is over. You should:

  • Positively assess the work that was done during the session.
  • Give assignments if appropriate.
  • Re-schedule for another session.
  • Do any necessary tutor paperwork.
  • Always end the session with a positive comment.

Go to Assignment for this lecture

CLASS Chapters
Introduction to Tutoring Chapter1
Five Steps to Being Effective Chapter 2
Techniques that Work Chapter 3
Listening Skills Chapter 4
Study Skills Chapter 5
Learning Styles Chapter 6
Learning Disabilities Chapter 7
Cultural Differences Chapter 8
Group Tutorials Chapter 9
Permission to use this Online Tutor Training Project was graciously granted by developer, Kathie Read, Learning Resource Center Coordinator of the American River College. Permission to use added information was granted by Nadine Rosenthal, Learning Assistance Department Chair of City College of San Francisco.