Tutoring Frequently Asked Questions
F.A.Q. For Tutees
Here you will find many answers to questions you may have about being a tutee. If you have any questions that cannot be answered here, please contact Richard Cusano at X2160.
- How do I get a tutor?
Applications to get an Academic Learning Center tutor are available in our office, LB 331. After completing the form, be sure to make an appointment with the Tutor Coordinator in order to receive the name and number of your tutor.
- What are Academic Review Sessions?
Both are a form of group tutoring covered by your tuition. A review session is an additional class period conducted by a trained peer tutor. Either the instructor or a group of 5 or more students, who have consulted with the instructor, can set up both. For an up-to-date listing of review sessions, check the schedule outside the Academic Learning Center, and in Donnelly. The list is also posted on the Academic Review Sessions webpage.
- How do I pay for my tutoring sessions?
There is a fee for tutoring that must be paid directly to the tutor. If the student is enrolled in any on campus program that provides financial assistance, please notify the Tutor Coordinator.
- If I get a tutor, do I have to keep that tutor for the entire semester?
If you are working with a private tutor who you are paying directly, you do not have to keep that tutor for the entire semester if he/she is not needed. However, if you are a student affiliated with an on-campus service, you might want to check with that service as to the specific guidelines.
- For what courses can I get a tutor?
Generally, tutoring is available for most foundation and Core courses. Tutoring is also available for reading texts and writing papers in all content courses.
- When is the last possible day I can get a tutor before the end of the semester?
Generally, tutoring requests are filled two weeks prior to final exams each semester. Proofreading is available one week prior to exams. Check the List of Lasts online, or posted outside the Academic Learning Center.
- Aside from private tutoring, how can I get help with my writing?
The first stop for writing help would be during your instructor's office hours. The Academic Learning Center offers a free drop-in proofreading service. This service is available Monday thru Thursday, 11:30 to 1:30 and 7 to 9. We also offer a free online proofreading service thru iLearn. In addition, check the Writing Center for additional free paper tutoring sessions.
- Is my instructor informed about the tutoring arrangements I have made? The Tutor Coordinator encourages all students to confer with their instructors before obtaining a tutor. However, the Academic Learning Center does not report the names of any students who have obtained a private tutor. Students who attend Academic Review Sessions should sign the attendance sheet.
9. How can I get get help with my study skills?
Learning Theory and Application is a useful link providing extensive information on study skills. For assistance with reading skills, consider registering for our one credit Critical Reading and Thinking Course.