Tips for Tutors

Know Why You Want to Tutor

  • Consider why you think you would be a good tutor. What skills and experience do you have that would make you a good tutor?
  • Consider the subjects or courses for which you would like to tutor. What makes you especially qualified to tutor in those areas?
  • Make sure you are able to commit to tutoring throughout semester – students are depending on you. Good time management skills are important.

Create Your Tutor Profile

  • Mention your knowledge, experience, and people skills – be detailed. Students searching for a tutor might appreciate information about your approach to studying, grades earned in the course(s), and your interest in the course material.
  • Mention in your tutor profile the general days and times when you are available to tutor.
  • Pick a fair price – your knowledge level in the subject, your prior experience as a tutor, and the demand for tutors in that area can all have an impact on what you charge.
  • Deactivate your profile during the semester if you no longer want to be a tutor that semester, or if you have as many tutees as you can handle. You can reactivate your profile at a later date if you are still a student.

Know the limits of what you as a tutor can provide

  • The tutor's role is to help the tutee improve learning in a particular course or discipline.
  • Neither tutors nor tutees may engage in any activity that constitutes Academic Misconduct as defined in the University’s Undergraduate and Graduate Calendars. Academic Misconduct may include but is not limited to writing other students’ papers, in whole or in part, including citations and references; completing other students’ assignments, in whole or in part; and assisting with coursework that will be marked (such as online quizzes, problem sets, and take-home exams). Both tutors and tutees should make themselves aware of what constitutes academic misconduct.

Meet with your tutee

  • Arrange to meet in a mutually agreeable, public place on campus. Both you and your tutee need to be comfortable in your surroundings.
  • Be careful about giving out your phone number or other contact information.
  • Negotiate with each tutee when and how payment will be received.

Other issues

  • If you are a graduate student, consider whether there is a potential conflict of interest that may be involved if you are a TA for a course you are also attempting to be a tutor for.
  • Are you comfortable tutoring more than one student at a time? Be realistic about the time you have available in your schedule.
  • Are you willing to prepare materials for the tutoring session in advance? Do you expect to be paid more if you create your own materials for tutoring sessions?