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Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 8:49 am

What you get out of your tutoring is directly related to what you put into it. Preparation and attitude play a huge role in getting the most out of the tutoring sessions. Following the 10 guidelines below, your tutoring sessions should be enjoyable and fulfilling for parents, student and tutor.

1. Meeting location. Make sure your tutoring location is somewhere that you feel comfortable and quiet. There cannot be any distractions that will cause the session to run long.

2. Bring homework, notes and textbooks. Tutors need to see what you are learning and need to see your textbook and notes. Sometimes a tutor will give tips on note taking based on what they see.

3. Be on time. If the student or tutor will be late they must communicate with each other.

4. Communicate your needs to the tutor. The tutor is there for you. Do not waste time doing a full review when you may already know some of the material. Make sure you are getting the help you need and not just sitting and listening.

5. Tutors do not do your homework. The purpose of a tutor is to guide and explain difficult concepts to you. This is so that you will have the skills and confidence when it is exam time. Once a concept is explained or an example worked out, the student should complete the problem on their own. This will build confidence and ensure the concepts are understood.

6. Keep going to your classes. Do not skip class because you have a tutor. The tutoring session is not a replacement for class or your instructor.

7. Keep in contact, use your tutor as a resource. If you have questions, feel free to email or call your tutor before or after your session. Your tutor must allow you to reach out to them if you need clarification or just need a pep talk before a big exam.

8. Be realistic with your expectations. Tutoring works best if you are both relaxed and not under the deadline of a test you didn’t study for. not yield the best results. The best tutoring only happens if there is a good relationship with the tutor and student and sessions are scheduled well in advance to big exams.

9. Study. Go over your notes and review what you did with the tutor on your own. Do not wait until the next appointment to review the material.

10. Never give up. Usually a tutor is called when the student is frustrated and feels defeated. Go into the tutoring session with a positive attitude and knowing that better grades are in your very near future. You will be surprised about what you can accomplish if you have a positive attitude.

• Ahwatukee Foothills resident Michael Bond is the owner of Ahwatukee-based 1st Place Tutoring. His company assists students in grades K-12 with math, reading and science, and has SAT/ACT test preparation classes for high school students. Reach him at (602) 751-3594, or

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