The Big 3
At the AATC, we pride ourselves in providing tutoring services that are engaging and tutee-led. In order to do this, our tutors utilize the Big 3. The Big 3 is a structured around three literature-supported strategies for engaged learning:
- Teach by Asking Questions
- Practice Problems
- Positive Reinforcement
Providing Inclusive Services
- Introduce yourself with your name and pronouns and invite your tutee to do the same!
- By using someone's correct pronouns, we strive to make them feel respected and included in our tutoring spaces.
- Avoid using phrases like "easy", or "simple".
- Although we don't have bad intentions when using such phrases, this words can come across as discouraging for someone who is still grappling with a topic.
- Positive Reinforcement (Big 3)
- Coming to tutoring can be intimidating; we want to ensure that we are doing all that we can to create a comfortable learning environment. Remember the compliment sandwich!
- Use appropriate language for group settings
- We want to aim to avoid addressing large groups of people with phrases such as "you guys". This term can be exclusive for some individuals in a group. Instead, try to use phrases such as "everyone" or "you all/y'all" instead!
- We want to ensure that we never help tutees on any graded assignments!
- You can ask your tutee before-hand if the assignment is graded. If it is, you can adjust the problem or come up with a similar problem that covers the same concept!