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How to Work with a Success Center Tutor

Meeting with a Success Center Tutor is a great way to get acquainted with other academically strong students at Baylor. You will find Success Center Tutors in several locations around the campus all throughout the day and into the evening. Visit with a Success Center Tutor today!

Getting Started


We encourage you to meet with a tutor early in the semester and often during the semester to keep information fresh. All Success Center Tutors are students, just like you, who are trained to assist students using the Socratic Method, a way to understand course material by asking and answering questions. Using the Socratic Method allows a tutor to discover where a student is in the course material and helps move them to the next level and subsequent levels as needed.

  • Why Work with a Tutor?
  • What to Expect from Tutoring?
  • What do I Bring to a Tutoring Session?

  • Why Work with a Tutor?

    Baylor students typically use tutoring as a way to keep information fresh. The practice gained in working with tutors allows students ways to maintain an edge and learn the skills leaders use in the field of study. These experiences strengthen the knowledge needed to achieve, and thus transform students from independent learners to learners who are able to work interdependently with others. Doing this aids a student in achieving his or her own academic personal goals.

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    What to Expect from Tutoring?

    Working with a Success Center Tutor means you will be working with another Baylor student. Success Center Tutors are academically strong students with grade point averages in the 3.0-4.0 range. Success Center Tutors use the Socratic Method and are trained to use strategies that are grounded in professional standards. Using this method and these strategies help tutors learn where a student is, then guide that student to the next level and subsequent levels in the course. Working with a tutor requires that a student be prepared to actively participate in the tutoring session. Being prepared to actively participate in the tutoring session means the student will bring reading and lecture notes, presentation handouts, graded quizzes and tests if available, textbooks and other materials to the tutoring session. This allows a tutor to assess a student's current level of knowledge so that he or she is ready to work with the next steps in the material.

    When you meet with with a tutor you can expect s/he to hold the topics the two of you discuss in confidence. Tutors may ask each other for help but will not discuss your academic issues outside of the tutoring environment. We know that it can be difficult to ask someone you do not know for help; therefore, we treat each student with dignity, patience and respect. In addition to assisting with course content, tutors can share strategies for: time management, staying focused, avoiding procrastination, textbook reading strategies, memorization and test anxiety.

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    What do I Bring to a Tutoring Session?

    Working with a tutor requires that a student be prepared to engage in the material. Being prepared to engage in the material means the student will bring reading and lecture notes, presentation handouts, graded quizzes and tests if available, textbooks and other materials to the tutoring session. This allows a tutor to assess a student´┐Żs current knowledge so that he or she is ready to work with the next steps in the material.

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