Tips on Group Tutoring

Some tutors find that group tutoring offers a lot of advantages over one-on-one tutoring. Here are some suggestions to help group sessions be successful:

    • Arrange seating and notes in a way that encourages interaction and visibility.
    • Provide direction, not dictatorship
    • Guide the conversation, but remember to limit how much you talk
    • Encourage participation
    • Control dominant students
    • Consciously, but slowly, draw shy students into the flow of conversation
    • Stress confidentiality
    • Summarize the ideas presented in sessions
    • Encourage interaction by having students answer each other's questions
    • Take a vote instead of giving a blanket yes or no response
    • Ask open-ended questions
    • Rephrase questions if they do not yield comments. Don't always clarify with an explanation
    • Use eye contact
    • The more you experience tutoring, the easier it will become to facilitate group tutoring effectively