Tutor Tips: The following tutor tips are meant to be a general guide for you as a tutor, especially for tutors without previous teaching experience. Many of the students with whom you will be working have not been tutored before and may need to learn how to make the most of their tutoring experience as well as the specific requirements of the Housing Department Tutoring Program. We hope you find these tips useful! Structuring the Initial Tutoring Session: 1. Introduce Yourself Introduce yourself and give a brief statement of your background in the subject area you will be tutoring. Also briefly include something interesting outside of academics. 2. Student Introductions Ask the students to introduce themselves and include something beyond year in school and major such as future career aspirations, something interesting they did over the summer, an unusual hobby or hometown. 3. Discuss No-Show Policy: Explain that the small group program is designed for students who like two-hours of tutoring each week until the sessions are no longer needed. If the student has to miss a session, he/she must call at least 24 hours in advance or the tutor must record a no-show. If the tutor records two n-shoes, the student will be sent a letter stating that he/she can no longer participate in the program for the remainder of the semester. If the tutor knows that at least 2 people are not going to attend the session, the tutor can cancel or reschedule the session. Emphasize that you too are a student with a busy schedule and would appreciate their courtesy in this manner. Also – don’t be late. 4. Discuss your Expectations and Rules: Tutoring should be a supplement to reading the textbook, attending class and studying on one’s own. The tutor is present to facilitate learning an anyway that he/she can, but the ultimate responsibility for understanding the material is the students’. Tutor expectations may include: a. every student try to complete the homework assignment or reading before the session; b. each student arrives with a given number of questions for the tutor. As a tutor, it is important that you are not afraid to set these guidelines as it is in the students’ best interest not to procrastinate and cram right before the test. 5. Assess Time and Student Mood: If the items listed above require significant time and/or the students seem stressed as they have a test soon, start tutoring now and discuss items 6 and 7 next session. 6. Determine Individual Needs: You may want to ask each student to write down confidential information that only you will see. This might include: academic background in the subject, current grade in the course and desired grade in the course. NEVER discuss a student’s grade in front of the group unless the student has volunteered that information first. 7. Discuss Session Format and Relationship with the Tutor: You may want to discuss with the students how you want to structure the session. An example would be: reviewing lecture notes, the text and homework problems. You will also want to encourage the students to talk to you if their individual needs are not being met in the group. Answers to Student Questions Students and tutors commonly ask the questions and answers listed below. Please share the Academic Support Assistance Program’s rationale for why we do what we do. If a student (or if you yourself) is/are still bothered by our rationale, please refer to Kari Basey (303-492-0640), email@example.com) QUESTION: Why are we meeting for 2-1 hour sessions each week instead of 1-2 hour session? ANSWER: Most students find that this schedule increases their retention, gives them more opportunities to process information and ask questions and generally is more productive than 1-2 hour tutoring session. Also, if a student has to miss a session, they do not have to wait an entire week before the next session. QUESTION: What if I can’t call ahead of time to cancel because I suddenly am ill or have an emergency arise? ANSWER: As a tutor, I will not know these circumstances and have to put you down as a no-show. However, call the main office (303-492-0640) and explain the circumstances and they can remove the no- show from your record. QUESTION: I thought that the session would be in my hall, why do I have to walk to a neighboring hall? ANSWER: Perhaps the members of this group are from a variety of halls and the Tutor Coordinator was unable to find someone to match you with from your hall. It is also very possible that there are no meeting rooms in your hall that academic support can use on a regular basis. QUESTION: Why can’t I show up when and if I need tutoring instead of every session? ANSWER: The program is intended for students who want a lot of help in a particular class. If you need only a little bit of help and want to drop-in whenever you like the help labs may be a better option for you. Help Labs are available in Biology, Chemistry, English as a Second Language, Math, Physics and Writing. The problems with variable attendance are four-fold: 1. It slows the stages of our group development; 2. It may slow group progress, as the tutor may have to review material you missed at an earlier session; and, 3. There may be a student on the waiting list who really needs your tutoring spot. QUESTION: What if I still have more questions about the Housing Tutoring Program? ANSWER: Call Kari Basey at 303-492-0640.