Greetings are easy to implement, but are sometimes skipped over in a hurry to get tutoring underway. By ignoring this step, the tutee is not given the opportunity to get comfortable with the tutor.  Without this comfort level, the tutee will find it more difficult to disclose information needed to resolve issues.  Greetings help establish a rapport that will be carried throughout the session. 

We recommend greeting a student by saying something like “Hi.  My name is __________.  How are you?  What are you working on?  Okay, let’s see how WE can tackle this TOGETHER”.

**Adapted from:  "Step 2 - Greetings." Teaching and Learning Center. Owensboro Community and Technical College. 20 Feb. 2009 <>.