Tutoring 101

Tutoring 101: The Basics of Tutoring

In tutoring as in most things, it's important to start with the basics or essentials. For example, it's important for a tutor and learner (the K-12 student) to establish rapport early on in tutoring. This builds an important foundation of trust that is vital to making progress over time in the tutoring relationship. It's also important to get information about the learner such as their interests, needs and challenges with reading and writing so that as a tutor you can work on meeting those needs. In Tutoring 101 we introduce what to do during your first meeting to get to know the learner and some ways to set expectations for tutoring and mentoring. We'll also share some ideas for informal evaluation so that you can know how to develop effective lessons and meet the needs of individual learners. Finally, we'll share how you can use this information to begin planning lessons.

In the Tutoring Fundamentals section, we go into more depth about strategies and tools tutors can use during tutoring to help learners with whom they work. 

A Note about our Terminology

Term Our Meaning
Tutors Adult or college-age students doing the tutoring
Learners the K-12 students receiving tutoring

The Basics of Tutoring

Regardless of where you tutor or with whom you tutor, there are some tutoring essentials or basics that are involved. Below are the key elements we cover in Tutoring 101: