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How to Prepare for Tutoring


Attend class

Tutoring is a great way to supplement your learning experience. It is not a substitute for class, so it is vitally important that you bring your notes. Notes are a great tool for both you and the tutor. By reviewing your notes with your tutor, you can identify a realistic goal for the session and your tutor can determine how your professor has presented the material. Notes are also a great tool for completing homework assignments and test-prep.


Plan ahead

Tutors are often in demand particularly during peak times. Book appointments early in the semester. You can book appointments a week in advance and with some tutors, for the entire semester. Waiting to see a tutor at the last minute, is counter-productive. Plan ahead and book appointments early. Once you have booked an appointment, you will receive a confirmation email from TutorTrac. Make sure you cancel 8 hours in advance if you can't make it. Cancelling in advance gives students a chance to take your spot and doesn't leave the tutor waiting for you. If this is your first time using Tutoring Services, stop by the AAC and get to know the area.


Be prepared

Before your session, identify specific questions and choose at least two realistic goals for the session. Don't know where to start? Look through your notes, textbook and graded assignments or tests and highlight the sections or concepts your want to review.



Tutors are not professors or experts. They are fellow peers who have mastered being successful college students and have a wealth of knowledge to share about the courses you are taking. They can share strategies to help you succeed in your own coursework. While tutors cannot do your homework, they can help you with similar problems and concepts. Through discussion and practice you can gain clarification and master the content as well. Make the most of your session.