Carnegie Mellon University

PPS Colfax K-8 Tutoring Session

A Guide to Excellent Tutoring

Carnegie Mellon University
Produced by students in 99-461 Spring 2010
Tutoring, Teaching & Leading through Education
Judy Hallinen, Instructor

Erin Burns, Angel Gonzalez, Elisha Clayton, Amy Nichols, Muhammed Shodeinde

Second Edition: Christa Romanosky, 2014

Third Edition: Kristin Lavery & Jake Churilla, 2019

Fourth Edition: Kristin Lavery & Miriam Wertheimer, 2020


Tutoring is tough! To be an effective tutor, you are expected to be a role model as well as an educator. This can be overwhelming when you first begin. Luckily, SciTech Academy has developed a guide to give you some tips and strategies to know how you can start your journey teaching and empowering youth.

In the following booklet, we will review rules, strategies, and tools that highlight the important components tutors should understand while tutoring. Our goal is to create a document that you can easily refer to, so don't be afraid to use it as a resource if you have any questions. Good luck, and thank you for working towards inspiring youth!

If you are a current CMU student and interested in becoming a tutor with the Leonard Gelfand Center, please contact Miriam Wertheimer. Whatever your tutoring opportunity may be you will likely need your Act 153 Clearances to work with K-12 students. Additionally, if you are a paid CMU tutor, all CMU employees are mandatory reporters. Please familiarize yourself with the information found in the links on the subsequent pages of the Tutor Training Manual [.pdf].