The Tutor's Code of Conduct
Workbook Assignments

  1. Print this page
  2. Read the list of Learning Goals
  3. Do the Journal writing assignment before reading the chapter
  4. Read Tutor Tutor's web pages on the "Tutor's Code of Conduct"
  5. Respond to the Study Questions

Learning Goals

After working on this chapter, you should be able to...
  1. discuss the value and strategy of planning tutoring sessions and being on time for them
  2. describe the value of maintaining confidentiality and professional boundaries
  3. discuss what it means to respect students as persons.
  4. describe the importance of focusing attention on the student's needs and providing an emotionally safe learning environment

Journal writing assignment

In your Journal, write a one (or two) paragraph response to each of these questions:
  1. Describe three things you will do that will communicate to your students that you are serious about the tutoring process and the tutoring relationship
  2. How will you work successfully with students who possess characteristics and behaviors you do not like?
  3. How will you feel if one of your students does poorly in the course for which you are tutoring him or her?
  4. How will you approach tutoring someone whom you assess is woefully underprepared or unable to do college work.
  5. How will you manage tutoring a student who either is your friend or becomes a friend through the course of tutoring?

Study Questions

Respond to each of these questions in your Journal:
  1. What does it mean to "have a plan" for a tutoring session "but be flexible?"
  2. Imagine that you are tutoring a student, and another tutor in your program, who is tutoring the same student in another subject, approaches you to discuss that student's learning issues. What would you say/do?
  3. A student tells her tutor that she has no place to study for an upcoming exam and asks if she can study at the tutor's house.
    • What are some possible consequences of the tutor agreeing to this request?
    • What are some possible consequences of the tutor not agreeing to this request?
  4. What is an emotionally safe learning environment and why is it important for a tutor to provide students with one?