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Tutoring Tips for the First Session

1. Share your expectations about the tutoring relationship with the tutee.

  • Ask the student if he/she swiped in at the check in computer. Help him/her do that if needed.
  • What do you expect from them?
  • Find out what they expect from you. Is it realistic?

2. Spend time getting to know the tutee by discussing mutual interests, background, etc. Get to know him/her by name.

3. Allow the student to drive the tutoring session. What are his/her goals? What material does he/she want to cover?  Begin with the materials that will build confidence and provide an atmosphere of success.

4. At the end of the session:

  • Remind the student you will see him/her the next week at the same time/place.
  • Give the student an idea of what you would like to work on at the next session and what he/she should bring or have prepared.
  • Enter session notes into Tutor Trac.

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