Tutoring Philosophy

What is our Philosophy?

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:

  1. Teach by Asking Questions
  2. Practice Problems
  3. Positive Reinforcement

Providing Inclusive Services:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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! 

Tutoring Policies:

  • 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!

Become a Tutor

If you are interested in helping others be as successful as you are, consider applying for a tutoring position. The rewards are great for both you and the students! Please click here for more information and to fill out our online application form.