Make the Most of your Tutoring Session
- Use terminology introduced in lecture and course material during your tutoring session.
- Use the ELQE method of tutoring:
- Explain: Your tutor explains a concept to you.
- Listen: You listen to your tutor’s explanation. You hear how your tutor goes about problem solving.
- Question: You ask questions when explanations or parts of explanations are not yet clear. The more specific the question the better. Try to target exactly what does not make sense to you.
- Explain: This is perhaps the most important aspect of the learning process. Explain concepts back to your tutor in your own words. Your tutor will hear you thinking and guide you accordingly. It is not enough to say, “Oh yeah, now I get it…”
- Keep track of work done in your tutoring sessions for later reference.
- Take notes on your tutor’s explanations. Write down explanations in a notebook (especially reserved for tutoring sessions). Expand explanations as your understanding of the material deepens.
- Later, combine your tutoring notes with your class notes. Use these for later reference when completing homework problems, reviewing, or preparing for an exam.
- Ask your tutor to give you opportunities to practice in front of him/her. PRACTICE DOES MAKE IMPROVEMENT!
- Know that your tutor is on your side and wants you to succeed. So do not be afraid to ASK as many times as you need in order to understand. Use other resources for additional explanations including your professor or a study partner.
- Remember: This is YOUR tutoring session. No two learners are exactly alike… seize the opportunity and use your tutoring session to accomplish your own particular goals/address your own particular learning needs.
IF YOU MISS A SCHEDULED TUTORING SESSION AN ADVISOR FROM THE ACAC WILL BE IN CONTACT WITH YOU.
IF YOU MISS TWO SCHEDULED TUTORING SESSIONS, YOUR SESSIONS WILL BE DISCONTINUED WITH THAT TUTOR AND YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO MEET WITH AN ADVISOR FROM THE ACAC.