As an online student you can take advantage of flexible online tutoring options, such as the Tutor Matching Service (TMS) an online tutor list/tutor marketplace that matches students with tutors for both online and in-person tutoring sessions.
The NYU Tandon School of Engineering is now utilizing the Tutor Matching System to provide students and tutors on campus with a new and easy way to connect with one another.
TMS Tutor Information
- Exchange contact information and agree upon a no-show policy. You should tell your student how much prior notice you require before a cancellation, and should establish a late policy as well.
- You have the right to charge for no-shows, but be reasonable in applying this policy. Your student may have a good reason for missing a session, and you want to maintain good will.
- If you need to reschedule a tutoring session, notify the student as soon as possible to find another meeting time. Last minute cancellations will have a negative impact on your relationship with the student and affect your credibility.
- The Dibner library is likely the most convenient location for tutoring sessions, and has group study rooms available. Your student may request to meet in another location such as their home. If this is the case, make sure to establish a reasonable meeting time (perhaps before dark) and have suitable transportation to and from that location. If meeting in person is not a choice, using a resource such as Skype may be a feasible option for hosting a tutoring session.
- Try to talk on the phone with potential tutees before meeting.
- Ask pertinent questions, and watch for inconsistencies in what you are told.
- Meet in daylight, preferably in a public place. If you have a cell phone, take it with you. If you are tutoring off-campus, tell a friend where you are going and when you intend to return.
- Tutoring sessions must be kept confidential to protect the privacy of the student.
TMS Tutee Information
- Having selected a tutor, you must agree upon a time and location for your first meeting. You may be more comfortable holding tutoring sessions in a public place. The Dibner or Bobst Libraries are great options. If you are unable to meet in person, online tutoring sessions through Skype or other means are also viable choices.
- Encourage a phone conversation with potential tutors before meeting.
- Meet in daylight, preferably in a public place. If you have a cell phone, take it with you. Tell a friend or family member where you are going and when you intend to return. If your tutor is visiting your home, let them know that a family member or friend will also be there.
- Make sure to notify your tutor well in advance if you need to cancel a session.
- Exchange contact information and agree upon a no-show policy. You should agree upon a required amount of advance notice before a cancellation, and should establish a late policy as well.