Hi there! If you are reading this guide, it probably means you’ve either signed up to be a Peer Tutor, you’re thinking about becoming one, or you already are a Peer Tutor. Congratulations on taking this step! Any current or previous tutor will tell you how beneficial this experience is – not only for the student you are helping, but also for you as well. With Peer Tutoring done right, you have the capacity to greatly enhance and even completely transform the educational experience of a student. Being a tutor also helps you to recall and solidify your understanding in various subjects while building communication, leadership, and other professional skills that will enhance your personal and professional development greatly. If this excites you, that’s awesome! If this makes you a little nervous, don’t worry- that’s what this guide is for! Guidelines for Peer Tutors was written by Peer Tutors for Peer Tutors to give you tips and tricks to becoming a great Peer Tutor.

This guide will cover a variety of topics including:

  1. Tips on what to do before a tutoring session starts
  2. How to start a tutoring session
  3. How to solve problems by asking questions 
  4. How to connect to the concept behind the problem
  5. How to know if a student understands
  6. What to do when the tutor feels stuck 
  7. How to end a tutoring session
  8. Some final thoughts
  9. Acknowledgments

We have done our best to make this both informational and engaging. Each section will provide you with quick tips as well as further explanations and examples to help you build a deeper understanding of the concepts that underlie learning.

Helping to guide you is our Tutor Guide who will provide a narrative link for each section; the Tutor Guide is here to remind you that you, the Tutor, are knowledgeable and creative in how to help the Student. Happy reading, and congratulations once again!

Contributors: Barakat Adigun, Kada Clyne, Poonam Dodwani, Manjil Itani, Ngozi Okonkwo, Pascal Kouogang Tafo

Editor: AE Dreyfuss

Illustrator: Evelyn Ng

New York City College of Technology, City University of New York


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