Remember that your tutee may learn best in a way that’s different from yours. Understanding your tutees’ learning styles and building your tutoring sessions around those strengths may make your sessions more productive. Do you know how you learn best? Check out these fun learning style tests:
Students from other cultures may compose arguments in a manner that could be mistaken as an area of academic weakness.
Some cultures discourage students from disagreeing with authorities or challenging teachers and tutors. Personal space, eye contact, speech volume, and even how questions are phrased can be very culturally weighted.
If you feel like miscommunication cultural cues are interfering with your tutoring sessions, try addressing the issue directly by approaching the topic with curiosity and openness.
NEVER use red pen during your sessions. Some cultures consider red as a harsh or corrective color. You are not there to correct students’ work, but to help them correct it on their own.
(Section adapted from Reed University’s Academic Support Tutor Handbook)
Use these common positive cues:
Remember these more subtle cues:
Be aware that your personal comfort distance may be different from your tutees’.
As the Peer Tutor, be a facilitator:
(adapted from Austin College’s Peer Tutor Handbook)