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Peer Tutor Handbook: Part 5: Tutoring Best Practices – Dos and Don’ts

Peer tutoring is a core component of student success at USM. Here's the Keleher Learning Commons approach.

Effective Tutors Are/Do…

  • Patient
  • Honest
  • Flexible
  • Good Listeners
  • Professional
  • Willing to share their own experiences
  • Collaborative
  • Teach the student how to learn
  • Confident
  • Use available resources
  • Dependable
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Model and encourage effective communication
  • Maintain high integrity
  • Admit mistakes
  • Encouraging 

Effective Tutors Do Not…

  • Guesstimate/appropriate grades or offer evaluative remarks
  • “Professor Bash”
  • Question a grade given by a professor
  • Express frustration at a student
  • Encourage passivity
  • Make marks directly on a student’s work
  • Assist with assignments that are meant to be done individually
  • Place a student’s work in front of him/herself (keep the work in front of the student or between the two of you)
  • Give false hope about a grade a student might expect to receive
  • Allow a student to create a sense of dependence on tutoring