Tutoring offers students the opportunity to discuss concepts presented in lectures or reading materials, learn problem-solving and critical thinking strategies, improve study skills, and develop learning strategies. Here are some reasons why contacting a tutor can help you:
- Real learning takes time. Starting with a tutor early in the semester gives you a chance to learn concepts slowly and solidly.
- Early work with a tutor helps you grasp foundational concepts on which more difficult work may be built. Achieving the basic building blocks early can prevent difficulty later in the semester; it’s a proactive approach.
- Beginning early with a tutor means that there is time to change tutors if that is necessary. All tutors are not alike. If the match-up isn’t right, there is time to make changes before crunch time occurs.
- Beginning early means that you and the tutor will have time to get to know one another. You will have time to establish the rapport that can make a difference in how you work together. The more that the tutor works with you, the more s/he will get to know your strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles. This means that the tutor will know best what areas need to be addressed and what style of approach will work best.
- A tutor will hold you accountable for completing work. This will help you with time management skills and will also mean that you may simply be spending more time with the material than she would otherwise.
- You will learn early some of the important study techniques of successful students. The tutor serves as an important role model as you learns how to “do college” successfully.
- You will receive constant feedback on your work. In some college courses, continual feedback may not come from the professor. There may be only one or two major tests or papers. Receiving early and continual feedback from a tutor helps you stay on track.
- When the busy tutoring season of midterm or final exams occurs, a student who has an established relationship and schedule with a tutor may be given priority of time. Tutors who are extremely busy or in demand are more likely to give priority to you.
Whether entering directly from high school, transferring from another institution, or simply continuing undergraduate or graduate coursework, working with a tutor can strengthen your writing proficiency, improve your ability and confidence in mathematics, and sharpen your study skills.
Some schools also offer live, online and 24/7 tutoring services to students who are enrolled in online or off-site courses. Contact your local campus for specific details.
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