Reinforcement

Your tutees will need you to notice their successes as well as their mistakes. That's where reinforcements come in.  Following are some examples of reinforcement:

  • Verbal
    • "Good job on ______!"
    • "You are really doing much better with _____!"
    • "I like the way you did __!"
    • "This looks better than the last time."
    • "You have really been working hard at this. I am proud of your effort."
    • "All right!"
  • Nonverbal
    • Use facial expressions--smile, look surprised.
    • Nod your head.
    • High-five or give the thumbs up sign.


Reinforcements help the tutee have a sense of accomplishment, provide a reward, and give tutees an incentive to do more.  After all, you noticed!


**Adapted from:  Tutoring Techniques. 2002. Three Rivers Community College. 20 Feb. 2009 <http://www.trcc.commnet.edu/ed_resources/tasc/Training/Tutor_Techniques.htm#Gauge%20Your%20Tutee%27s%20Comprehension>.

Your tutees will need you to notice their successes as well as their mistakes. That's where reinforcements come in.  Following are some examples of reinforcement:

  • Verbal
    • "Good job on ______!"
    • "You are really doing much better with _____!"
    • "I like the way you did __!"
    • "This looks better than the last time."
    • "You have really been working hard at this. I am proud of your effort."
    • "All right!"
  • Nonverbal
    • Use facial expressions--smile, look surprised.
    • Nod your head.
    • High-five or give the thumbs up sign.


Reinforcements help the tutee have a sense of accomplishment, provide a reward, and give tutees an incentive to do more.  After all, you noticed!


**Adapted from:  Tutoring Techniques. 2002. Three Rivers Community College. 20 Feb. 2009 <http://www.trcc.commnet.edu/ed_resources/tasc/Training/Tutor_Techniques.htm#Gauge%20Your%20Tutee%27s%20Comprehension>.