Tutoring. Ask early. Win early.

It happens. You start a class thinking you have things under control and then you get to the final weeks of class and realize, maybe, you didn’t understand as much as you thought. Now it’s too late to get the help you need to pass the class.

Here are 3 ways to get ahead before falling behind: 

  1. Understand your timeline, due dates, and schedule. The first mistake students make is that they fail to understand and track deadlines. Look at the syllabus, understand when your big projects are due, find out when your big tests will hit your schedule, and learn to manage that timeline.
  2. Find helpful resources and use them. Did you know every college offers tutoring services? For instance, Davenport University offers online and in-person support for students to assist with every degree program and class they offer. Don’t wait until exam week to use this service. Take advantage of this option early. No judgment. Check out Davenport’s list of tutors here. 
  3. Take advantage of first-generation support services.  First-generation students are provided with extra support in their first year of college. These resources include mentors, academic coaching and much more.  Having trouble managing your calendar? This resource will help you create healthy habits to stay on track with your classwork. 

How do you work with a tutor?

This sounds like a basic question. It isn’t. There are great ways to ensure you get the most out of your experience with your tutor.  Here are a few best practices to keep in mind:

  1. Set a goal for your tutoring experience and share it with your tutor. This will ensure you are both on the same page. You can set short or long-term goals but both will help your tutor understand how to make sure you get from point “A” to point “B.”
  2. If appropriate, set up a convenient schedule. Find a time and place that works for your schedule.  If you need a lot of flexibility, you may want to pick an online tutor. If you prefer to talk things out in person, online may not be the best choice. Also, keep your meetings consistent. If you vary your times – you are more likely to miss this important assistance when you need it.
  3. Get help in advance. Early. Early. Early. Don’t wait until exam week.  Just like, you need time to learn, your tutor needs time to teach.  If you are feeling even a little behind on a topic a tutor can be helpful. Davenport even offers assistance with writing. Visit tutoring services on my.davenport.edu to learn more. 

One last tip: Talk to your professor. Your professor wants to see you succeed. Talk to them about the challenges you are experiencing. They often will provide additional insight, resources, or information to help you be successful.


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