Halina Goetz directs the Mathematics and Computer Science Clinic at Chapman University. In her article for the Orange County Register, she explains that tutoring is an art requiring a special set of skills that go way beyond being a homework helper. “Homework should be treated only as a material or a tool used for teaching deductive thinking, how to learn, how to study and how to think analytically and critically. Effective tutoring needs to be taught and needs to be learned.”
Goetz continues with “many people think that if one has knowledge of the subject matter to tutor, it makes him/her a tutor. It is far from the truth. Tutoring is not easy. It requires a formal schooling on how to do it in a way that you are not enabling the student but you teach the student how to learn on his or her own.”
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