Tutoring individual students or small groups of students can enable you to diagnose and address students’ difficulties with course material more specifically and thoroughly than in a large class setting.
Being a successful tutor requires several strategies:
- Asking questions rather than simply giving answers
- Listening to each student’s responses to your questions to help you diagnose the student’s confusion
- Actively involving the student in reaching solutions
- Asking the student to explain what s/he now understands
- Acknowledging the larger context in which the student is working and keeping his/her learning consistent with this context
For additional suggestions related to teaching students individually, see the CTL page on Office Hours.
NOTE: UW policy restricts situations in which TAs (and other staff) can receive compensation for tutoring. See the UW Policy Directory for details.