How To Get The Most Out Of Your Tutoring Sessions

By Danielle Wirsansky on November 29, 2017

We all have our strengths and weaknesses. Some of us are really good at remembering dates and places while others are really good at understanding concepts instead. Some of us are good at math while others are good at science. Some of us learn best visually and others learn best through auditory methods. Each of us is individual at what we are good at, and the things that we are not so good at, we can always improve on. If you are struggling in a class or subject though because it is not your strength, you can always get tutoring to help get you through it.

Yet sometimes it is not enough to just have tutoring. You really want to make the most out of your tutoring, whether it be so you have to pay for less sessions, get the best grade or score possible, or to actually and finally master the material. Read on to learn some tips on how to get the most out of your tutoring sessions!

Take Notes

A tutor helps you out. They explain concepts, outline steps to take, and review and drill it with you over and over again. It all seems to go perfectly smoothly when you do it with your tutor. But when you get home and try it out, it all seems to go wrong. You feel like you are missing a step, or you cannot remember all the things you were supposed to do and in what order. It all becomes a big old mess.

What’s the point of tutoring?, you might think to yourself. I obviously suck at this anyways and there is no point in trying to do this on my own.

Instead of letting yourself get into such a defunct state, take a step back. Breathe. And next time you go have a session with your tutor, take notes. Write down the steps you need to take so you know exactly what you need to do and in what order. Write down any exceptions to rules or other tidbit that might help you. Get it all down, whether you write it by hand or type it out on the computer. Have a way to look back and feel like you have a grasp on what you are doing. That way you can practice it when you are home on your own and actually feel like you are making progress.

Come Focused

Often times, we expect a tutor to just be able to teach us what we need to know and that’ll be the end of it. But while teaching the material may be the tutor’s job, learning it is yours. Yes, you need a good teacher, but you have to be a good student in return.

It might be more convenient to schedule your tutoring session at the end of your day, but is it the best idea for you to do that? Do you study best at night or in the morning? Will you be so tired by the end of the day that you will not be able to make the most of your tutoring session?

Do not just schedule your tutoring sessions for when it is easiest. Schedule it for when you will learn the best and be the most focused that you can possibly be.

Practice Outside Sessions

The only way to truly know that you understand the material and can utilize the methods your tutor has taught you is to practice outside of your sessions. You can feel safe and secure, basking in the safety of your tutor who can answer all of your questions. But they will not be there when you have an exam or a test or even a quiz and they will not be able to help you then.

Try it out on your own a few more times. It can help you to direct your tutor on what you need to work on most. It can also let you know if your tutor is actually effectively teaching you the material; if after all these lessons, and all this help, you still cannot do it on your own, it might be time for a different tutor with a different teaching method.

Ask Questions

Never, ever be afraid to ask your tutor questions! They are veritable founts of knowledge. They are there to help you master the material. It is what you are paying them for. Do not be bashful or afraid to ask a stupid question. They want you to succeed as much, if not more, than you do. Having clients who master their material helps them to show their skill as a tutor and gain more clients. So ask away!

Danielle Wirsansky graduated from FSU with a BA in Theatre and a BA in Creative Writing with a minor in History. She is a second year graduate student in FSU's History department where she serves as the Communications Officer for the History Graduate Student Association and President of White Mouse Theatre Productions. She studied abroad in London, England for the Spring 2015 semester at FSU's study center for the Playwriting Program and interned for the English National Theatre of Israel in Summer of 2015. Her first musical, City of Light, opened as part of FSU's New Horizons Festival in Spring of 2016. She has also won the MRCE and URCAA Research grants from FSU. In the past, she served as the Marketing Director for the FSU Student Theatre Association, the intern for the Holocaust Education Resource Council, and the research assistant of Prof. Nathan Stoltzfus. She has previously written for Context Florida (Contributing Writer), USA Today College (Contributing Writer), Sheroes of History (Contributing Blogger), No(le)Reservations (Contributing Blogger), Female, Reloaded (Arts/Entertainment Editor) , I Want a Buzz Magazine (intern), Mandarin Newsline (youth arts update columnist), Distink Designs (Guest blogger), (associate editor), (associate editor), Spark TLH (Contributor), the Tallahassee Democrat (contributor), Elan Literary Magazine (Head of Marketing), and the Improviser Newspaper (Opinions Editor).

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