The following is a list of some guidelines that all Perspective Educational Services tutors follow. They are designed to foster a positive and effective tutoring environment, one that supports students through their academic classes. Our tutors:
·Inspire students to challenge themselves, and assist them in meeting the challenges presented by their teachers. Stay positive, recognize strengths, and help build confidence.
·Give time to revisiting topics from a student's academic past. Fill in gaps, strengthen core skills. Begin each session revisiting notes from the previous session.
·Give time to introducing topics from a student's academic future, so that class time can become more similar to study time (as becomes increasingly more necessary as students move further into their academic careers). Offer a sense of which skills will be more important in future classes, and which may be less so.
·Assist in organization of a student's notebooks and folders, including the structure of his or her notes on each page. As is necessary for organization, revisit frequently.
·Assist in the organization of a student's work on specific problems. Offer advice on structure, times to write more, and times when less writing is appropriate.
·Make sure that a student can do more than understand a problem as she sees it done, but rather can ultimately proceed through a problem unassisted. If a student needs assistance with a problem, find or devise a similar problem immediately afterwards that he can progress though unassisted.
·Direct a student towards the manner in which he or she should spend time studying and practicing on their own, following the tutoring session.
·Communicate with parents, guardians, and others who take a role in supporting the student, as he or she grows and learns.
·Offer a broad perspective, in which the details of an individual lesson may be placed.
Skills that are required to be a valuable academic tutor, are in many ways are the same as those necessary to be a successful teacher, and in other ways different. While an important role of a teacher is to introduce new material, a tutor is more inclined to find knowledge a student already possesses. It is easy for a tutor to fall into a routine of taking the lead, and doing assignments together with their students. However, doing so comes with many risks, including reducing a student’s confidence to approach a problem individually, as he will be tested. As is often the case for teachers as well, a tutor is more effective as an experienced companion, often allowing the student to be in the lead.