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. Each tutor keeps a log of 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