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The Tutor's Code

Honor your commitment by being prompt, prepared, and eager to help students.

Know your subject area.  Subject proficiency should be your top priority, but proficiency must be tempered with flexibility and creativity.

Be a supplement to classroom instruction, not a substitute for the classroom.

Build your student's self-confidence by showing them kindness and understanding his or her needs. Talk less. Listen, guide and encourage more.

Be professional! Please do not talk about a student while other students are near by. It is better to find a "safe place" to vent.

Place the responsibility of learning on the student and never criticize instructors or textbooks.

Show students how they can help themselves by developing study-skills, such as note-taking and study-reading.

Feel free to share your personal knowledge and experiences as appropriate, but refrain from discussing aspects of your life or opinions that do not contribute to the tutoring experience.

Use questions to guide the students in learning the material and to check their understanding of it.

Make learning enjoyable for students, patiently motivating them to believe in their ability to succeed.

Admit your own weaknesses or lack of knowledge, and seek help whenever you need it.

Maintain openness and honesty as you tutor, never insult your students by giving them false hope or empty flattery.

Be non-judgmental about your student's ability. Instead, try to understand his or her strengths, weaknesses and different learning styles. Work on the students weaknesses, while working with their strengths.

Maintain records, lesson plans, and progress data, as required.

Stay informed and current in your subject area and do not be afraid to try new methods and approaches.

Assist students in the transfer of their learning success from one situation to another.

Promote the student's independence in learning as your ultimate tutoring goal.

Be enthusiastic and have a good time, your enthusiasm will be contagious!