GOALS OF TUTORING
- To assist students improve their academic performance (skill building and knowledge).
- To help students develop self-confidence.
- To encourage students to become independent life-long learners.
- To help students develop appropriate study and time management skills.
What do tutors do? They…
- reinforce material from class within a reasonable timeframe (up to an hour session), rather than deliver curriculum as instructors.
- help students understand particular concepts needed to complete coursework, rather than supply answers on homework, graded assignments or take-home tests.
- assist students in understanding material related to assignments already seriously attempted by students who are prepared to work in labs with tutors.
- encourage students to discuss their progress with their professors, rather than teaching students who want to “catch up” on missed class time.
- help with math problems presented in the textbook, MyLabsPlus, or printed materials according to the Math Division, rather than assist with handwritten problems.
- help students: learn to take notes and study effectively; strategize to manage time appropriately; use textbooks and resources efficiently, review specific class work (provided students attend class).
- support students by clarifying questions about course content and helping them become independent learners, rather than assuming credit for passing or responsibility for non-passing grades.
- guide students in preparing for tests throughout the semester and review concepts prior to final exam week, rather than provide last minute help or cramming sessions on the day of a test.
- brainstorm ideas for papers, offer guidance in the writing process, and strengthen students in the use of writing tools, rather than write or edit papers for students.