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Questions tagged [tutoring]

Questions relating to academic tutoring or teaching.

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What are the major ethical concerns with private tutoring?

I'm currently a computer science graduate student on a low stipend, and have started spending a few hours per week tutoring undergraduates to help make ends meet. I love teaching and want to be a help ...
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What is a “personal tutor”?

On Workplace Stack Exchange, one answer to the question https://workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/124329/bullying-group-work says "Speak to your personal tutor. Immediately." I remember to have ...
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Should I copyright my notes?

I generate detailed notes throughout the school year to help out the students. Most of these notes are in the range of 30 - 50 pages. I wonder if I should attempt to copyright my notes to ensure ...
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Sharing set of exercises in a textbook (the morally right way?)

This is possibly a more general question about copyright, but I think I can specify this question into question about teaching, especially on STEM subjects. I don't know exactly whether I should post ...
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Is anything wrong with hiring TA as a private tutor?

I'm an undergraduate student and recently I've been trying to find a private tutor to help me further expand my knowledge (outside of a scope of my courses). I've discovered one of the TAs advertises ...
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As a tutor, how should I handle anxious/avoidant adult math student?

I'm a private math tutor, and I have an adult student right now (age 28), who is enrolled in algebra II in a community college. He is both very bright and has a kind of inferiority complex about ...
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Is it appropriate to give a student personal advice?

More often I am approached by some of my students asking for my take in matters that are personal to them. Truly random matters from politics to relationships. What ought I do? If I offer the advice ...
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How to get a tutoring position in Melbourne, Australia?

I'm starting my PhD in neuroscience next month at the University of Melbourne and I've been told that graduate research students often work part time as tutors. I've been trying to find this ...
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Should I decline a request to tutor a class I will be taking?

I am a first semester master's student. A professor has sent me an e-mail with an offer to tutor a bachelor class (this would be a paid job). I do not know him personally but he told me in his e-mail ...
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Where can I get graduate level “tutoring”?

I'm a practitioner who is struggling with techniques from some difficult academic papers (computer science & mathematics). How can I find "tutors" (graduate students perhaps?) who are willing to ...
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Conferencing tools for online tutoring

I provide tutoring services to off-site students, and I'm curious what kinds of conference systems or 'virtual classrooms' others are using. Right now my favorite is Blackboard Collaborate, which has ...
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Would it be safe to assume that TA and tutor are the same thing? [duplicate]

I am currently an Australian studying at ANU. I have worked as a tutor for about a year and now I am about to apply for a Ph.D. program in the states. Since the US uses TA (teaching assistant) instead ...
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How do I filter out bad students from tutoring?

I'm a grad student and I do some tutoring on the side for money. It's a sweet gig and I do like helping people learn. However I have had plenty bad experiences tutoring. Usually the really bad things (...
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Checking sample solutions during exercise sessions : Yay or Nay? [closed]

I'm a sophomore student in Engineering, and searching for ways to improve the way I study, I've been reviewing how I studied last year, trying to improve my methodology where I can. Being a somewhat ...
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What is a wise way to deal with a student of this type? [closed]

This question is inspired by some real-life experiences. I came across two or so private tutoring teenager students that give me a feeling that they did not pay enough attention to the contents and ...
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As a tutor, should I encourage exploration at the risk of incorrect information?

I am a junior undergraduate computer science student at a small engineering school. For the last term I have been paid as a teaching assistant for one of the more difficult courses in the CS ...
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Tutoring is depressing because my students are struggling too much with my exercises. What do I do?

I am a tutor for first year students in mathematics, and I feel pretty bad about it. I recently changed universities. At my previous university, where I also tutored, the exercises were very ...
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A teaching situation.(long) Comments and suggestions welcome [closed]

Sorry there is a long lead-in to this question. It's a specific complicated situation and the background is part of it. I am on retirement/long-term sick leave. I do a certain amount of tutoring ...
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Is it good practice to teach using real life experiences of the student?

I am not a professional teacher but I have students that seek me for clarification and knowledge. At times I use their personal real life experiences like how they relate to others to simplify the ...
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What is this “can I hire you as a tutor” scam?

From time to time (presumably because I have an academic address, or am listed on a university web site) I get an e-mail like this: "My son will be in your city next month for two weeks. He is ...
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Where to draw the line between support, plagiarism and academic dishonesty?

I received some help during my thesis under the following circumstances: Took "neutral" classes for coding from a online tutor The tutor helped me in sharpening my coding skills I took his help (held ...
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Does FERPA apply to university teachers when they are working as private tutors?

In addition to teaching at a U.S. university, I also do some private tutoring on the side. I am always scrupulous about observing my university's conflict of interest policy, which prohibits tutoring ...
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Examination review courses and the (wrong) motivation of participants [closed]

Short summary of the situation Our faculty offers special courses after the end term exams and before the resit for students who failed the first attempt and/or did not participate in the final exam. ...
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I forgot to deliver tutorials

I feel like I have made a massive mistake of my career. I do tutorials for three subjects and although we are almost end of the first trimester but one of the module just started last week and I ...
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How can I find a tutor for something specific? [closed]

I am trying to learn how to make a BallTree. I am having difficulty learning it on my own. There is not a lot of help on the internet I am finding. I do not know anyone who knows how to make one. How ...
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Is an Executive Doctorate different from a typical PhD with respect to the level of assistance that is permitted on the dissertation?

I began tutoring an Executive Doctorate student last fall in a class that he was taking. After that class ended, he was able to begin working on his dissertation and wanted my help for it as well. ...
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Is it acceptable to ask a professor for advice regarding a subject not taught in, but related to their class?

I'm having a hard time understanding some concepts not explicitly taught in a course I took recently, but quite related nonetheless. I'm wondering if it's okay to e-mail the professor who taught this ...
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Math tutor is evading or giving wrong answers

I am a student in a german technical college. We have several tutors for our various math subjects. One of those tutors is not a student but an employee of the college. He offers an open hour where ...
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Is it ethical to give (paid) private tutorials for a student in a module I am TA'ing?

My TAing mostly involves helping students working on their programming assignments during classes. A student asked me to give him private, paid, tutorials for the module, being concerned that all '...
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Is there any appropriate way to offer cash to a lecturer or TA for private tutoring?

Due to financial issues, I've had to work in order to support myself alongside my degree, and unfortunately due to work obligations I've had to miss some lectures and classes. Due to not spending ...
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Tutoring, student does not pay [closed]

I work as a post-doc and do 1-2 hours of tutoring each week (approved by the university), to keep on top on my mathematical and pedagogical skills. Usually, students pay me after each session, but one ...
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Is it okay for a lecturer to set an assignment about the products of a company he works for?

I just found out that the lecturer of an undergraduate course I'm tutoring in has given the students an assignment to evaluate a product from the company he works for. To evaluate it, they need to ...
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Tutoring as a undergrad student [closed]

My school provides undergrad students with the opportunity to tutor the classes where they received an A as an extra-curricular program. I have received an A+ in some classes and think that if I have ...
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Is tutoring (outside university) while doing PhD a good idea?

Just to ask some advice regarding tutoring students while pursuing a PhD to supplement my income. Is this a good idea? Tutoring pays well in my country, and I am intending to teach twice a week(2 ...
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Is it OK to get external help during your PhD if it is acknowledged?

I am starting a PhD, and an interested in getting technical skills I will need over the next few years. Are there any ethical issues with paying for people to help you to get these skills, assuming ...
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How was higher education done before the university system?

I know the university system as it is understood today dates at least as far back as the 13th century or perhaps even to the time of Charlemagne, Alcuin of York, et al., but how was higher education ...
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Encourage student to participate without him helping too much

I am teaching two students (X and Y) to program in python. X is a little bit quicker than the Y in grasping the concepts. He likes to help Y figure out what to do with his code, why it isn't working ...
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Asked to tutor in a class I am currently taking

I am in an accelerated Master's program in Engineering, we are taking a Probability course. At this time the class is review for me (I have a B.S. in Mathematics), we are moving very fast though. One ...
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Is it more ethical to hire a tutor to prepare or to cheat on a test? [closed]

This question was inspired by this fascinating discussion about cheating. If grades, degrees, test scores are important for getting a job/internship/assistantship, even more so than the actual ...