University Learning Center


A. The Observation Process:

  1. You will observe 2 different sessions with veteran tutors.
  2. The TS Coordinator will set up days/times for you to observe these sessions.
  3. If the session you are to observe gets cancelled, the ULC Front Desk will make every effort to inform you.
  4. Arrive 5 minutes before the start of your observation.
  5. Let the ULC Front Desk Staff know you are present to attend an observation and give the name of the veteran tutor.
  6. Make sure that the tutor asks the tutee for permission for you to observe.
  7. In the tutoring room, try to sit behind the tutee in order to minimize disruption.
  8. Remember that the content of the session is less important than your understanding of the tutor/tutee interaction and how a tutor manages the session.
  9. Take notes during the session.
  10. Do not offer suggestions/critiques or attempt to contribute to the tutor/tutee interactions.
  11. Realize that you were not present for the previous sessions and that you and the tutor may have different experiences with the subject and topics.
  12. If time at the end of the session, discuss the session with the tutor.
  13. Come to the TS Coordinator's office to discuss the session.

"We cannot create observers by saying 'observe,' but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses." - Maria Montessori

B. What to look for as you observe:

  1. Is the interaction between tutor and tutee comfortable but professional?
  2. Does the tutor ask the tutee what he/she wants to work on during this session?
  3. Does the tutor ask guiding questions instead of giving tutee the answers?
  4. Is the tutor patient and encouraging? How so?
  5. Does the tutor incorporate different learning preferences (such as Visual/Auditory/Read-Write/Kinesthetic)?
  6. Are study skills suggestions offered by the tutor?
  7. Does the tutor enhance the tutee's ability to anticipate exam questions?
  8. Does the tutor discuss critical thinking skills?