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Using a Feedback Questionnaire

Because each student has a unique learning style, I try to make my tutoring sessions as individualized as possible. Most of the time, I can use my own observations and interactions to figure out what my tutorees need. However, sometimes direct student/parent feedback is invaluable. I have found that this type of feedback not only improves tutoring sessions, it helps strengthen and maintain the line of communication between me as the tutor and the student. Here is the feedback questionnaire that I send out to students to fill in and return. It contains separate sections for parents and students. However, adult students can fill out the whole form. If you are a tutor, feel free to adapt the form and use it however you wish in order to enhance your clients' tutoring experiences. If you are a parent or student, look through the questions to get an idea of the types of feedback you can give the tutor with whom you work in order to maximize the benefit of your lessons.

Tutoree Feedback Questionnaire

Parent Questions

1. Did you find the feedback given about tutoring sessions useful/appropriate? How would you have it changed? Longer/shorter?

2. Please mark an X next to the type of descriptions you would most like to see on a regular basis in tutoring session feedback notices:
- specific concepts and skills covered
- analysis of attitude
- analysis of ability
- prognosis for future progress
- recommendations for extra material
- feedback for the teacher

3. Do you feel that time was divided appropriately between actual homework work and extra explanation/material?

4. Do you feel that tutoring helped in regards to grades, confidence, problem solving skills, or standardized test scores? If the answer is no to any of these, how do you think the tutoring experience could be changed to improve the situation?

5. Please give any extra comments, feedback etc that could be used to improve my tutoring services for you in the future.

Student Questions

1. Did you feel that time was divided appropriately between actual homework work and extra explanation/material?

2. Were explanations clear? How could they be made more clear?

3. Please mark an X next to the types of instruction/explanation that you found the very most useful. What makes you “get it”?:
- example problems
- pictures
- step-by-step written instructions
- detailed spoken explanations
- questions
- doing more simple problems and then working on the new concept
- showing how a concept relates to other concepts

4. How was the tutoring pace? Was tutoring too fast to the point where it was confusing or too slow to the point where it was boring?

5. Do you feel that tutoring helped in regards to grades, confidence, problem solving skills, or standardized test scores? If the answer is no to any of these, how do you think the tutoring experience could be changed to improve the situation?

6. Please give any extra comments, feedback, etc that could be used to improve my tutoring services for you in the future.

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