Make the Most of Peer Tutoring

Our tutors are trained professionals who are here to assist you. Being prepared and following the guidelines below will enable you to get the best results from your tutoring sessions.

  • Bring your materials with you. This includes your textbook, notes, syllabus, and anything else you might want to reference.
  • Create a list of goals for each tutoring session.
  • Review your notes prior to your appointment.
  • Prepare questions or topics to review.
  • Prioritize your questions.
  • Attempt to tackle your challenges on your own and bring in what you accomplished. Try to answer your own questions, or attempt to finish a difficult homework assignment.
  • Bring something from your professor with you such as a test, quiz, homework assignment, etc.
  • Be realistic about the amount of material you would like to go over in one hour. Remember, that time is limited.
  • Be on time for your appointment.
  • Explore your own learning strategies prior to your appointment.
  • Consider your learning style and share this information with your tutor.
  • Go to class! Know what you are learning.
  • Be positive!
  • Feel free to discuss study skills.
  • Actively take notes during your tutoring session.
  • Use tutoring as an additional resource rather than a replacement resource.
  • Take advantage of your other resources, too. Get to know your professors and teaching assistants!
  • Remember that tutors cannot answer professor-specific questions.
  • Don't be afraid to say you’re confused or if a strategy is not working!
  • Don't come in right before the exam only!
  • Don't hesitate to come back multiple times.
  • Don't quit studying just because you attend a tutoring session.
  • Don't expect your tutors to know everything.

Most importantly: Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Take full advantage of all of the outstanding resources at your disposal in your efforts to excel academically.