Tutoring Matters: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about How to Tutor

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Tutoring Matters is the authoritative guide for both the aspiring and seasoned tutor. Using firsthand experiences of over one hundred new and experienced college student tutors, the authors offer techniques for handling tutoring anxieties, teaching strategies, and tips for building relationships.

This new edition has been fully updated to help tutors engage the interest of their students. In addition, it features practical "tip boxes" that provide quick-reference guidelines on a...

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Overview

Tutoring Matters is the authoritative guide for both the aspiring and seasoned tutor. Using firsthand experiences of over one hundred new and experienced college student tutors, the authors offer techniques for handling tutoring anxieties, teaching strategies, and tips for building relationships.

This new edition has been fully updated to help tutors engage the interest of their students. In addition, it features practical "tip boxes" that provide quick-reference guidelines on a range of tutoring challenges-from making a connection in your first tutoring session to becoming familiar with your pupil's life and tutoring needs. This new edition also provides practical experience-based tips "from the trenches" about how to tutor math and reading and how to help students develop other academic skills and interests.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439907412
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 7/20/2011
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,445,762
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Tiffani Chin is the Executive Director of EdBoost, a nonprofit that includes a learning center serving K-12 students in Los Angeles. She is the author of School Sense: How to Help Your Child Succeed in Elementary School, and she has been tutoring for twenty years.

Jerome Rabow, the recipient of numerous distinguished teaching awards, is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Lecturer at California State University, Northridge. He is the author of Voices of Pain and Voices of Hope: Students Speak about Racism. Rabow is the Director and Co-founder of CCODE (Center for the Celebration of Diversity Education).

Jeimee Estradais a K­-12 Education Policy Analyst with the California Legislative Analyst’s Office and a Master of Public Policy graduate from the University of Southern California.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition and Acknowledgments ix

Preface to the First Edition and Acknowledgments xv

Introduction 1

1 Attitudes, Anxieties, and Expectations 5

Normal Fears and Anxieties 7

Will the Students Like Me? 7

Will I Like My Students? 7

Will I Be Able to Fit in with and Understand Kids Who Are Different? 8

Will I Be Able to Teach the Students? 9

Will I Succeed? 10

Acceptance 11

Attitudes 13

Giving Up Expectations 14

Displaying Enthusiasm and Interest 20

Feeling Empathy 22

Practices 25

Practicing Patience 26

Being Observant and Asking Questions 28

Interacting as Equals 32

Setting Boundaries and Goals 32

Setting Boundaries 33

Setting Goals 34

Recommended Reading 36

Resources 37

2 Building Relationships 39

Making Connections 41

Responding to a Request for Help 42

Picking Up on an Interest 42

Avoiding Gifts and Bribes 46

Building Trust 47

Overcoming Past Experiences 50

Showing Respect 52

Establishing Reciprocity 56

A Few Practical Concerns 61

Motivating Students to Work 62

Applying Tutee Interests 63

Providing Companionship 67

Bargaining on the Relationship 69

Educated Expectations 69

Going beyond Academics 72

Establishing Boundaries 75

Dealing with Jealousy 76

Preventing Overdependence 77

Recommended Reading 81

3 Teaching Techniques 83

Getting Students Interested and Involved 84

Drawing on Student Interests 85

Making Work Visual and Hands-On 90

Encouraging Friendly Competition 95

Easing Student Fears 97

Showing Support 97

Breaking Assignments into Manageable Steps 99

Tying in Familiar Concepts 103

Letting the Student Lead 105

Listening to Students 108

Looking at What Is Not Working 112

Adjusting as You Go 113

Challenging Students 116

Recognizing Student Ploys 118

Recommended Reading 124

4 Race, Gender, Class, and Background Differences 127

Anticipating Differences before the Relationship Begins 128

Quieting Pre-site Fears 129

Evaluating First Impressions 134

Adjusting to Organizational Set-Ups 136

Riding the Roller-Coaster Relationship 137

Allowing for the Student's Attitude 138

Putting Your Foot in Your Mouth 139

Coping with Situations You Have No Idea How to Deal With 141

Overcoming Differences 145

Fitting in and Being as "Same" as Possible 147

Maximizing Acceptance and Embracing Your Difference 148

Opening a Conversation 149

Recommended Reading 152

5 Other Adults: Parents, Teachers, and Administrators 155

Attitudes and Involvement of the Other Adults 158

Involvement with the Tutors 158

General Interest and Involvement in the Students' Lives 162

Discouragement and Lack of Involvement 164

Assignments and Activities 167

Labeling 171

What Can I Do as a Tutor? 178

Forming Relationships with the Other Adults 180

Try Not to Rely on Labels 181

Recommended Reading 182

6 Good-Byes: Ending the Tutoring Relationship 185

Difficulties in Saying Good-Bye 187

Harmful Ways of Saying Good-Bye 189

Not Saying Good-Bye 189

Making Empty Promises 193

How to Say Good-Bye: The Clean-Break Principle 195

Gifts 196

Talking about the Experience 199

Learning Experiences 202

Recommended Reading 205

Twenty-five Final Pointers for Tutors 207

To the Reader 209

Bibliography 211

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  • Posted August 26, 2012

    This book is trash. I bought it thinking it would help me organ

    This book is trash. I bought it thinking it would help me organize my
    tutoring sessions and find what strategies work for improving student
    comprehension and retention of the material. But, you will find none of
    that here. Just a bunch of pompous rambling about the experience of
    relating to the "underprivileged." Probably an experience
    that gratified this guy's ego more than it met the student's needs.
    Don't give this guy your hard-earned money.

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