Successful Tutoring Sessions
Our motto is “We’re here to help!” Our tutors are most effective when:
- Students are committed to learning and know they are responsible for how they learn.
- Students come to the Learning Center after having made a genuine effort to understand the material on their own. A genuine effort would include having read relevant chapters and attempted homework or practice problems.
- Students bring clear and complete notes from class to their tutoring sessions. Tutors require an accurate record of the professor’s teaching methods and the information covered in class in order to help students learn and understand.
- Students bring their course text or other materials to the session. Tutors can’t effectively address students’ difficulties unless they have access to the textbook.
- Students are willing to work independently from the tutoring during their sessions. Tutors are trained to allow students time to try problems on their own. Tutors must allow students to sometimes work alone in order to accurately assess what they mastered and what they have not.
- Students use the Learning Center well before an assignment is due or an exam is to be taken. It is very difficult for tutors to provide assistance when students come in just before an assignment is due or only hours before an exam.
- Students come to the Learning Center with realistic expectations. Tutoring is a process that encourages learning, and as such, requires time and commitment. Sometimes a student’s difficulty will be resolved in one session and sometimes a student may require regular support from a tutor.
How to Prepare
Before coming for a tutoring session, we expect students to review and attempt the materials/problems first. This includes reviewing notes and reading your textbook. We learn best when we can self-identify our misunderstandings and take ownership of our learning. By coming prepared the tutoring session is bettered structured and more effective. Students should bring their notes, textbooks, and attempted problems. Remember that only your instructor knows the expectations/requirements of the class, so the more information you bring, the better we would be able to help.
Tutoring Session Policies
What is peer tutoring? Peer tutoring is a reciprocal process which enhances knowledge through guided reinforcement.
In keeping with this philosophy, The Learning Center tutors’ do not give answers or do your homework or other graded assignments for you. We are not able to offer last-minute help for students who have not read their texts, kept current with the course material, or have not put forth a genuine effort of their own. We will work with you to implement effective study strategies, solve difficult problems or to understand difficult concepts assuming you have made an attempt to do so on your own prior to visiting The Learning Center.
I. We anticipate students who use The Learning Center to prepare by:
- Going to class, listening attentively, taking notes and asking questions to clarify misunderstandings. If you missed a class you are responsible for getting notes or reviewing the material before coming in.
- Reviewing notes, practicing problems and reading their textbooks.
- Attempting problems on their own before seeking help.
- Preparing several specific questions regarding their course material.
- Knowing what they want help with and what they want to accomplish.
- Making a genuine effort to do the work prior to coming to The Learning Center.
- Bringing their pencil or pen, paper, textbook, notebook, current assignment, and any necessary notes or previous work.
II. Students who use The Learning Center should expect tutors to:
- Listen attentively and carefully.
- Help them identify difficulties they are having and develop strategies for addressing them.
- Help them identify and use the strengths they have to master difficult material.
- Help them work toward a genuine ability to solve problems and arrive at correct answers on their own.
- Give them time to work independently during the session.
- Identify additional problems to practice after the session.
- Help them learn successful study strategies
- Refuse to assist unprepared students and ask that they review specific material before returning.
III. Students who use The Learning Center should understand that:
- Another tutor may have to take over if the current tutor's shift is over or is taking a break.
- Tutors may rotate among several students.
- Students may be asked to work in groups if they are working on similar material.
- Tutors do not have all the answers, as they are also students and not professors. Keep in mind that your professors are available to help you during their office hours.
- Only enrolled Pace students may use our services.
IV. Appropriate behaviors for using The Learning Center are:
- Students must log in and out.
- Coming to the Center ready to work.
- Participating actively in the tutoring session by listening attentively and carefully, responding and doing practice sets,
- Reflecting and asking specific questions to enhance your understanding.
- Having patience for the tutoring process.
- Treating all tutors and other students with respect and civility.
- Not distracting or disturbing others.
- Keep The Learning Center clean
- Not eating food or talking on cell phones.