The following twenty, helpful best practices are brought to you by the tutors and writing specialists of Drew University. These best practices are based on their experiences working one-on-one with students in the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE).

All tutors at the CAE should practice the following during each session:

  1. Be a role model.
  2. Share struggles and solutions.
  3. Develop goals for every sessions.
  4. Summarize what was reviewed and next steps at the end of every session.
  5. Develop goals for the next session.
  6. Explain concepts, model solutions, but do not give away answers.
  7. Admit to what you know and do not know.
  8. Listen to student concerns, but is not a problem solver.
  9. Stay on topic.
  10. Is willing to say no, and establishes a middle ground.
  11. Asks questions as they relate to the session.
  12. Hold the student accountable.
  13. Preface time and expectations at the beginning of the session.
  14. Be honest about comfort level in a particular subject area or discipline.
  15. Switch roles when/if the session is stuck.
  16. Reflect on tutoring as a mutual process.
  17. Gauge the student’s ability–make no assumptions.
  18. Be aware of outside resources available to the student.
  19. Do not re-teach the material. Facilitate learning.
  20. Foster a safe learning environment conducive to asking questions and collaboration.