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.
Need a place to meet? Use SpaceScout to find a study space, a computer lab, a cafe or other types of spaces on the UW campuses. You can also download the SpaceScout iOS app from the iTunes store.