Undergraduate Business Programs

Suggestions for Being a Tutor


As a tutor you take on the role of a teacher and motivator, with a goal of helping your student clients to help himself or herself in mastering specific material. By prior arrangement, you agree to share your knowledge, of both course content and learning strategies, and in exchange you are to be compensated by the client. In order that your tutoring sessions be positive and productive we offer the following suggestions.


  1. Before you agree to tutor, make sure that you yourself understand the material you are being asked to tutor. The client has the right to expect that you know the material and will not be trying to teach yourself while teaching them.

  2. Agree upon the specifies of your fee up front- amount and scale (per hr., per session, etc.) Prior agreement should also be made concerning cases of cancellation and no shows.

  3. For tutoring sessions agree to meet in a safe public place, one conducive to learning and where you will not disturb others. One suggestion is to meet in appropriate rooms of the student center.

Tutoring Sessions:

  1. Discuss mutual expectations for the session, and devise a tutoring strategy.
  2. Diagnose what content/skills are needed and concentrate your attention on them.
  3. Encourage the client to be an active learner, avoid their becoming passively dependent on you.
  4. When assisting students with material to be turned in for a grade, be careful not to do the work of them.
  5. Stay on task. Be friendly, but avoid wasting time with small talk or gripe sessions about the class or instructors.
  6. Be patient and open. Keep confidences.
  7. Encourage the use of appropriate learning and time management techniques- outlining, visualizing, notes and flash cards, mnemonic devices, schedules, etc.
  8. When appropriate suggest other support services-Computer Lab, Math Lab, Writing Lab, Economics Lab, Counseling Center (e.g., test anxiety), etc.