Most of our tutors have extensive experience in tutoring and teaching and
have garnered wisdom on how students achieve success through a well conducted tutoring session. We noticed that there is definitely a pattern and distinction between students who have productive and highly educational sessions with their tutors and those students who do not learn at their full potential during a session. Therefore we have decided to put our minds together and construct a list of habits and study skills that tutors usually see when they conduct a successful tutoring session. Please read our list carefully and take into consideration how you could really get the most benefit from the resources at hand during a tutoring session.
Top 5 Tips on Developing a Successful Tutor Session
- Be Prepared! Much like the scout motto, a session is much more efficiently run when the student comes prepared with material to cover, questions to ask, and problems to work out. If a student does not come prepared with material to cover and questions to ask then precious session time can be wasted in having the tutor probing around to determine what should be done during the session.
- Have a course syllabus on hand at all times. Every student should know where they are in a course, what material has been covered so far, the material and sections that are currently being covered, and what material is going to be covered in the future. This allows the tutor to know what they need to teach for that session and allows them to develop a pace for the remaining sessions. It also allows for efficient use of session time by not covering material that either will not be on the upcoming test, future tests, or even in the course for that matter.
- Inform your tutor of upcoming tests and quizzes. This way you both know what needs to be learned and how much time you have to thoroughly understand that material. It also gives you a heads up on making room in each of your schedules to find enough session times before to review everything before the test.
- Schedule at least 2 sessions before every test. One session is rarely ever enough to do a comprehensive review of all topics that will be seen on a test. This also gives you an opportunity for the tutor to provide a sort of "practice test" on the final review session which enables the tutor to find and weak areas that need further attention. The goal is to make sure that every topic that may be on a test has been thoroughly reviewed and that students show they can successfully complete on their own any problem that may arise on a test.
- Ask your tutor as many questions as possible. Feel free to always ask anything you feel even slightly uncertain about as these kinks and curiosities often serve as stumbling blocks in establishing a deeper knowledge of the subject you are seeking to understand. Many of us have experienced holding onto to questions, only to realize that we have suddenly diverted out attention away from what is now being said to us. At that point we have already ignored a large part of the lesson or tutorial. Unless your tutor says wait a second or we'll get to that soon, always stop and ask whatever may be lingering in your mind.