- Plan to meet with your tutee(s) at least one hour per week. That is the amount of time tutees expect to meet with you, and we encourage them to do so even if they are doing well in a class. That gives them an opportunity to strengthen their understanding by "teaching" you the material. You may meet more frequently if you have time available, but it's okay to say no if a student requests additional meetings and you don't have the time. Students know that you are busy, too.
- Keep your appointments. Remember that the students are counting on your help at the time you schedule with them. If you must miss a scheduled meeting, let your tutee(s) know and try to reschedule immediately.
- Come prepared. The goal of tutoring is to help students approach problems in an effective way and to clarify concepts. We expect that you come prepared with a plan for each tutoring session. To help with this, you may wish to review the course calendar each week prior to each session and start each session by asking about the topics covered in lecture.
- Homework should not be the focus the meetings. It's fine to clarify homework questions, but you should not solve the problems (or begin to solve the problems) together in a group. The expectation for CSE coursework is that students do their homework on their own as we have very strict academic misconduct guideliens in the Allen School. The reason for this is that we want homework to be part of the students' learning experience as well as to help each individual student assess their understanding of the material.
- Ask for additional resources when needed. In most cases, desk copies of textbooks are available for you to use for the quarter. Send your request to Chloe Dolese (email@example.com). Chloe is also available to answer questions and help solve any problems that come up.
- Report any problems. If you discover you just don't like tutoring, talk with the Chloe as soon as possible. We will try to reassign your student to another tutor, but we may ask you to stick it out for the quarter if one can't be found. However, we don't want you to feel stuck if your tutee(s) is not being respectful of your time or if it just isn't a good match, so be specific in your report. If a student appears to be having problems not related to class or outside your capabilities as a tutor, please encourage them to talk with an undergraduate advisor as soon as possible. You should feel free to talk with us in any of these circumstances too.
- Send feedback at any time. Our goal is to provide students in need with a strong tutoring service, while making the process as easy as possible for you. Please don't hesitate to check-in Chloe with suggestions and comments at any time.
To volunteer as a tutor...
Fill out the Online Sign-Up Form at the beginning of the quarter. Chloe will keep volunteers informed of the timeline for the matching process. Once matches are made, tutors will receive an email with the names and emails of their tutees.