Tips for tutees
Tutoring does not take the place of attending class. Tutoring is a service to clarify and enhance your understanding of class materials.
Review course materials and lecture notes. Bring all needed materials (textbook, notes, syllabus, etc...) to the tutoring session. Having all materials will help both you and the tutor to better understand the task at hand.
Do not just sit and listen during your tutoring session. Ask questions, do sample problems, draw diagrams, and explain course concepts in your own words.
Come to tutoring sessions before you fall behind in your coursework. It is easier for tutors to assist you when you first start having problems than when you are too far behind to catch up.
Tutors do not take the place of the instructor. Tutors cannot do your homework for you or check to see if your homework is correct. Tutors are there to enhance your understanding of the coursework.
Not everybody learns the same way. Often, a technique that works for one person may not work for another. Here is a brief list of some study techniques compiled from a survey of our tutors. This is by no means a comprehensive list, it's merely a jumping off point to help kick start your study habits.
-Practice problems/ practice exams
Most of the books used in classes have practice problems with answers in them. These are invaluable in exam preparation. It is imperative that you use them as a dry run at an exam, that is do them without notes. It's easy enough to think you know everything when you are studying with the information in front of you, but like an exam practice problems test your knowledge without any resources to lean on.
Almost any class can benefit from flashcards. From math formulas to chemical structures there is a plethora of ways that flashcards can be used to help you master the content. One of the best ways to use flashcards is to go over them on a regular basis. This "Successive Relearning" has been shown by research to be one of the most effective study strategies around.
-Teach it to someone
Teaching requires a deeper understanding of the subject area. Explaining content to another person is an extremely active process that helps to ingrain knowledge in your mind. It is especially effective when the person asks questions. This makes you think on your feet and integrate knowledge in a novel way, much the same way that professors expect you to on your exams.
Concept maps are a great way to organize content visually. Making one from memory can and then checking it after can help to expose holes in your knowledge that you otherwise wouldn't have found until the exam. This along with seeing the information organized in a different way helps to keep the information in your head.
-Tutors/ study groups
Serving as both a sounding board and an additional source of information both tutors and study groups are an invaluable resource in the study process. Both assist students by putting the information in terms that students can identify more closely with. In addition to this ability, study groups and tutors are both made up of other students. Unlike professors, these students are not removed from the student experience and can often offer unique advice from this perspective that may not be found if a student only consults with their professors.