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Tutoring Tips

Be sure to get the most out of your tutoring session!


 
  • Prepare ahead of time to meet the Tutor in order to make the most efficient use of your time. This can be done by:
    • Doing as much of your homework assignments as possible on your own before meeting the tutor. This will allow you to form questions and recognize where you need help before meeting with the Tutor.
    • Marking the parts of your textbook or class notes that need clarification.
    • Think about how you would like the tutor to assist you (e.g. clarify a concept with examples, check your understanding of the material, help you to organize the material, etc.).
    • Knowing your Grammar! Did you know that by knowing English grammar, you’re better prepared to learn another language?
  • When you are with the Tutor:
    • Bring course materials (syllabus, text books, lecture notes, handouts, your completed assignments, etc.).
    • Work through areas of difficulty that you’ve had on past assignments.
    • Work on drills! Quiz Vocabulary! Conjugate Verbs! Write Sentences!
    • Don’t be shy! Try to speak your language! Language is about communication! Communicate!
  • Also, keep in mind:
    • Tutors aren’t teachers; they’re students just like you! They might not know the answer to your question right away, but they can help you find it.
    • English is not the first language of many of our tutors. If you don’t understand their explanation, try asking the question again in another way. Be patient!
    • Do not ask the Tutors to do your work. They may try to guide you and offer suggestions, but Tutors may not write on your work, nor correct your essays or assignments. Don’t put them in an awkward situation by requesting that they do.
    • Don’t use Internet-Based Translation Services (e.g., Google Translate). It’s dishonest and never correct. Your homework is designed to help you learn what you’ve gone over in class. Do your best and use what you’ve gotten from class.
    • Be nice! If you have questions or concerns, please direct them to Joshua Everett, Modern Language Tutor Coordinator, in Drescher Hall 219B.

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