Frequently Asked Questions

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 a quiz
  • To learn and improve study strategies
  • To catch up on some material after an excused absence from class

What should I bring to the tutoring session?

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

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 Student Academic Success Center.

What can I expect from a tutor?

Tutors are expected to facilitate your 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 your 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.

What will a tutor expect from me?

You are expected to be an active participant in your 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