15 Identify When to Stop the Tutoring Process

There is a time to be a Peer Tutor and a time to stop the peer tutoring process. The first and most obvious place to stop is when the situation and/or the semester is over. This is the time to bid farewell and then both you and the tutee move on to other endeavours.

When tutee issues arise during the natural course of tutoring you have a number of resources to use as referrals. When this has been done and there are still issues, this may lead to a change or ending the tutoring process. They include:

  • Not showing up, or not doing any work.
  • Too dependent, or too friendly.
  • Personal situation that is beyond tutoring.
  • Inappropriate comments and / or suggestions.

Tutors are human as well and may have an issue that will lead to the end of the process:

  • Not able to stay professional.
  • Being angry or fearful with the tutee.
  • Clashing Styles

Overall, when a peer tutor and the tutee are too far apart in their approach, they may be unable to adapt to each other.

In all of these situations, you have support from the Learning Centre Coordinators and the Learning Strategists to discuss and explore options for change.

Tutoring Issues Activity:

Pick one Tutee and one Tutor issue and write a short paragraph on:

  • what you imagine could happen in each case and
  • how you would end the tutoring process.

Tutee Issue






Tutor Issue







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