Tutoring is a particular type of teaching which involves the facilitation of learning rather than just the explanation of the material. Facilitation is a way of teaching that guides students to answers through the use of a variety of techniques including Socratic questioning, scaffolding, and games.
Think of a personal trainer at the gym. The personal trainer doesn't lecture you how to complete the workout and they don't
they're observing you, they give you advice on how to stay motivated
and healthy, in addition to correcting any mistakes you may be making.
Personal Trainers also notice when an activity is too difficult and then
make the necessary adjustments for you. A tutor is the same thing, but
for your classes!
From day one in your class, you should be preparing for finals. I know it's tough to plan for something five months in advance, but studying this way will help you when it comes time to finals. Keeping up with your coursework ensures that during finals week, you will be reviewing concepts instead of cramming information.
Make sure you read your course syllabus for assignments, exam dates, and other helpful information.
Be an active learner during class (take notes, ask questions, form a study group).
1. The textbook
2. Class syllabus
3. Class notes
4. Any completed quizzes and tests you've taken in the course.
5. A positive attitude and a willingness to put your brain to work.
1. Help you cram right before a test. (Even the best tutor cannot help you absorb a month's work in one session.)
2. Do your work for you. If you don't do the work yourself, you won't learn.
3. Help you with a take-home test, quiz, or a graded homework assignment. If you try to have a tutor help you with a graded assignment, this is considered cheating and will be handled according to University policy.
Going to tutoring right before finals is just like cramming for a test. It won't benefit you, especially if the exam is cumulative. With that in mind, make sure you incorporate tutoring into your regular study time to have the most positive effect.
Please remember that during finals week, our tutors are studying and preparing for their finals and will have less availability to hold individual appointments or study sessions.