Writing Effective Overviews

One of the recent changes you will notice on Rubric 2.0 and Tutoring Template 2.0 takes place in the introduction stage of session. After identifying where the student is stuck, an overview should be provided to the student to communicate a plan of action and set expectations for their participation:

Overview 1

Overview 3


Below are 3 example situations– please take a moment to respond with possible overviews via the discussion box below:

Situation 1:
A student is asked to find the volume of a cylinder, but is unsure of which formula to use.

Situation 2:
A student is graphing an inequality, but is having trouble deciding where to shade their graph in order to complete their solution.

Situation 3:
A student is asked to use the law of sines to solve a word problem. They have made some progress, but their uploaded work shows a computational error which is causing confusion.

There many different ways to communicate a helpful overview to the students in the situations above. Take a moment to review the new Rubric and Tutor Template and share your own ideas below!

— Raj

New and Improved Yup Standards!


Yup Tutors:

We are very excited to introduce you to Rubric 2.0 and Tutoring Template 2.0!  These new teaching benchmarks are a more simplified approach to ensuring our students are receiving the best possible learning experience. They will also produce feedback scores that are easier to understand, with less room for grading discrepancies. We also want to provide you with more freedom on teaching as long as you help the students arrive to the solution.

Please take the time to read and understand the new Rubric and Tutoring Template, you need to begin applying changes to your instruction in sessions immediately. 

Tutor Rubric (version 2.0.1)Untitled

Tutoring Template 2.0Tutoring Template 2.0

We would love to hear your feedback, questions, and concerns. Please leave a comment letting us know what you think about both the documents!

Happy tutoring!
— Raj

Accommodating to Visual Learners

Did you know that around 65% of the world’s population is made up of visual learners?
(Source: Social Science Research Network)

Students with this learning style acquire information most effectively when it is represented through pictures, illustrations, diagrams, or charts. Though our Tutor Chat platform is based on written communication, it is important that we keep these visual learners in mind when conducting sessions.

If typing to a student isn’t doing your explanation justice, taking a brief moment to find a helpful image online or using the whiteboard to create your own could make all the difference.

Example: Rather than simply telling a student that the slope formula is “m = (y2-y1)/(x2-x1)”, a quick image search would give you images like the following to help illustrate the formula in a more visual way:

Image result for slope formula picture

(Additionally, saving and organizing the helpful images you find makes them readily available for the next student with a similar problem!)

Need to brush up on your whiteboard skills? Check out our Whiteboard Practice page.

Happy tutoring!
— Team Yup