Educational Resource Center

Tips + Advice from Terriers

Have you ever wondered what users of the Tutoring Program have thought of their experience? Have you ever wished to hear from tutors about their job? Wish and wonder no more! We have collected some thoughts from your fellow Terriers about their experience with tutoring, as well as tips and advice from tutors about how to get the most out of your tutoring experience.

Benefits of Tutoring

“Sometimes with a tutor they can explain a concept with you in a completely different way than your professor can, and it helps in grasping the material.”—Student Survey Response

“If you’re struggling and have no idea what to do, tutors help you to focus and just start from the beginning of where your troubles are rooted…”—Student Survey Response

“I just felt more comfortable with someone who’s been where I am somewhat recently and that I could get comfortable with. Also, knowing that you made a commitment to something really keeps you dedicated to going every week, unlike office hours where you try to go, but it gets put off for other things.”—Student Survey Response

Using Tutoring to Your Advantage

“While working with classmates is an excellent study tool, it is of limited help when you reach a concept or idea that no one in the group understands. Tutoring combines that lax attitude of peers with the knowledge of professors.” —Student Survey Response

“I would recommend it for friends who need more personalized attention for their course needs or who are less likely to ask questions in a bigger crowd (i.e., office hours).” —Student Survey Response

How can I have a productive tutoring appointment?

“There is no such thing as a dumb question, but go into the appointment prepared with specific questions about what you don’t understand, try to narrow it down from “everything” and understand that the tutor might not always be an expert.”—ERC Tutor

  • Talk to your tutor about what you are struggling with/have confusion about before meeting with them. You can do this by using the Notes section when you sign up for an appointment, or by emailing your tutor directly.
  • Have specific questions for your tutor prepared prior to your appointment.
  • Try doing your homework, review your notes from lecture, make a list of points of confusion to review with your tutor.
  • Bring your course materials: textbooks, notes, assignment guidelines, syllabus, study guides.

Encouragement + Big Picture Advice

“Don’t be afraid to get help. Most people actually need some sort of help or another but don’t seek it out. The people who seek out help are those who generally do better in the long run.”—ERC Tutor

“There are a number of reasons you might do poorly on an exam, and it doesn’t mean you’re not good at whatever the class concerns. There’s usually just a small adjustment that needs to be made, and it’s important to use the Peer Tutoring Program to your advantage to find your weaknesses and make them your strengths. The more you see tutoring as an opportunity, rather than an obligation within your schedule, the class will become less of a struggle.”—ERC Tutor

“I would say that tutoring is a great service, but the end goal of tutoring is to not need it, so I would give the advice to go into each session with the goal of becoming more independent every week.”—ERC Tutor

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