About Tutoring

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When to seek a tutor

  • When you need to learn time management and study skills at the beginning of the term
  • When you need help understanding the homework
  • When you need help understanding concepts and ideas
  • When you need help to prepare for a test
  • When you are falling behind


What to bring to a tutoring session

  • The textbook
  • Notes, syllabus, past tests and quizzes
  • Homework or difficult problems

What NOT to ask a tutor

  • Don't ask a tutor to do the work for you. Learning is a process and working is an integral part of it. If you don't work you won't learn.
  • Don't procrastinate. A tutor will not cram with you. A tutor's help isn't enough to learn in one evening what should have taken a month of methodic work. Tutors will complement your work, provide you hints, suggestions etc. but will not replace good, honest, hard work.

Good attitudes towards tutoring

  • Try your best to understand the material before coming to tutoring.
  • Be an active student in class. Ask questions; participate in class, etc. Many questions can be asked right there and then to the instructor.
  • Read your syllabus. Understand what's expected of you in each class, make sure you write down and remember deadlines and other special dates. Get help from a tutor before you run into difficulties.
  • Your instructor is your best resource. Try asking your instructor first, as soon as a question occurs to you. Bring those responses to the tutor in case you didn't quite understand them.
  • Form and maintain a study group.

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Tutee Expectations

  • Come prepared to the session.
  • Be punctual.
  • Be active and engaged throughout the session.
  • Be patient with the process.
  • Be willing to ask questions.
  • Provide constructive, honest feedback.
  • Respect others.

Tutor Expectations

  • Excellent interpersonal skills: interactive, communicative, supportive, positive, responsive, respectful of others.
  • Good know how of the subject matter.
  • Understanding of diverse student learning styles.
  • Time for reflection.
  • Time with students, for meetings, prep time.
  • Honest feedback of sessions.
  • Know the boundaries of working with students.
  • Knowledgeable of campus resources and refer students accordingly.
  • Serve as a liaison for class members who have questions that they are not comfortable asking a faculty member.
  • Aid in understanding of Lucas College and Graduate School of Business programs and place value on developing academic skills.
  • Follow the policies and regulations regarding student behaviors as stated in the SJSU Student Handbook.

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