Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why should I use tutoring?

  • To identify and clarify key concepts
  • To organize and remember information
  • To integrate text and lecture notes
  • To prepare for a test or quiz
  • To learn and improve study strategies
  • To catch up on some material after an excused absence from class

Q: What should I bring to the tutoring session?

  • Textbooks
  • Class notes
  • Text notes
  • Syllabus
  • Past quizzes and tests
  • Homework
  • Assignment sheets

Q: What about confidentiality?

You will be asked to sign a Tutee Agreement form that gives the tutor permission to talk to your instructor, if needed. This is to your benefit. SASC keeps record of all tutoring activities. Peer tutors sign a Confidentiality Agreement as a condition of their employment in the SASC.

Q: What can I expect from a tutor?

Tutors are expected to facilitate student learning by:

  • Discussing specific course content
  • Promoting and modeling the use of appropriate study strategies
  • Emphasizing active learning techniques
  • Practicing good listening and communication skills
  • Maintaining scheduled hours
  • Respecting students’ right to confidentiality

It is important to note that tutors are not “homework machines” or miracle workers. If you procrastinated throughout the semester, cramming with a tutor the night before a major exam will not produce good results. If you plan to visit a writing tutor, keep in mind that last minute revisions are not effective.

Q: What will a tutor expect from me?

Tutees are expected to be active participants in their tutoring sessions. Bring relevant materials to the tutoring session. Come prepared by:

  • Attending class
  • Taking notes
  • Reading assignments
  • Trying homework problems
  • Preparing questions
  • Attending tutoring on a regular basis