Preparing for Tutoring Appointments

Preparing for tutoring sessions requires significant work on the part of the student as well as the tutor. If you are seeking a tutor, prepare to get the most out of your session by following these tips:

  • Know what you want to cover. Bring pertinent texts, notes, assignments and--most of all--your questions. The more specific your purpose, the more on target a tutor can be.
  • Attend all class sessions. Your notes from class are the best resource on course content and determining exactly how your instructor is prioritizing the information.
  • Complete all assigned reading prior to the tutoring appointment. This will give you the necessary foundation to talk about the material with your tutor.
  • Attempt the homework questions or assignment before you meet with your tutor. This will help you identify the specific areas you need help with.
  • Create a plan for how you want to spend the time in your tutoring session. If you take control of the session format you will likely receive the assistance you want more quickly than if your tutor sets the agenda.
  • Schedule your next appointment at the end of each session. Regular review is the key to understanding course information.