Tutoring FAQ

  1. Why does SASC offer tutoring?
  2. How does tutoring work?  If I sign up, what happens?
  3. What if I don’t need weekly tutoring?  I just need occasional help.
  4. How much does tutoring cost?
  5. What courses are available for tutoring?
  6. How much tutoring can I receive?  How often can I meet with a tutor?
  7. What if you get too many requests and can’t fill them all because of limited resources?  How do  you choose who gets to be tutored?
  8. What happens if I CAN’T make a tutoring session?
  9. Why is this policy in place?

1. Why does SASC offer tutoring?

We believe that student-to-student tutoring is a valuable service to students who want additional help in a course beyond that offered through conscientious study, regular course attendance, and conferences with professors. [Back to top

2. How does tutoring work? If I sign up, what happens?

You agree to attend tutoring weekly for the semester. You sign a contract that stipulates you also agree to be a responsible class member (attend every class, submit all assignments; meet with the professor as needed, etc.). Tutoring works best when tutor and student meet consistently throughout the semester. [Back to top

3. What if I don’t need weekly tutoring?  I just need occasional help.

Most students who request a tutor are in need of consistent help in the course. Our tutors are work-study students who arrange time for you out of their busy schedules. Expecting tutors to meet only once in awhile does not allow them to meet their work study hours. If this occurs, it it likely you will hear from the tutor coordinator to reassess your need for tutoring.

Most often you will be placed with an individual tutor, although in some cases group tutoring may be offered to you if you are requesting help in a high demand area. For your short-term questions, please meet with your professors. They are a valuable and often underutilized resource on campus.
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4. How much does tutoring cost? 

Nothing. All SASC tutoring is free. [Back to top

5.  What courses are available for tutoring? 

Tutoring is offered in lower-level courses in most subjects: accounting, biology, chemistry, French, German, Latin, math, music, Norwegian, Paideia, physics, psychology, and Spanish. Depending on our resources and the availability of tutors, we may offer tutoring in other subjects and courses.
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6.  How much tutoring can I receive?  How often can I meet with a tutor?

You can request tutoring in any course for which we offer tutoring. Ordinarily, you will be scheduled for 30-60 minutes of tutoring in a course per week. You may request additional time; requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, depending on resources and need. [Back to top

7.  What if you get too many requests and can’t fill them all because of limited resources?  How do you choose who gets to be tutored?

We expect to be able to fill all requests in subjects in which tutors are available. It is to your advantage to request a tutor as early in the semester as you can. If we must prioritize, our decisions about who receives tutoring are based on these criteria: 

1) Tutor availability 

2) Order in which your request was submitted 

3) Academic need

4.) Responsibility/preparedness in previous tutoring sessions

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8.  What happens if I can't make a tutoring session?

Students who miss two sessions will be suspended from the tutoring contract. During this time, you will not be permitted to meet with your tutor. While in suspension, your seat may be assigned to another student. If you wish to reinstate your contract, you will need to contact the SASC office to meet with the Tutor Coordinator. The SASC office reserves the right to determine whether tutoring is appropriate based on your individual circumstances. At times, you and your tutor may need to reschedule for later in the week. You and your tutor should maintain a consistent meeting time. Please keep rescheduled appointments to a minimum. 

Illness/Emergency: If you are unable to attend an appointment due to illness or emergency, please communicate this to your tutor as soon as possible. Extenuating circumstances will be taken into consideration for all suspended contracts. The SASC office reserves the right to determine whether a suspended contract may continue.

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 9. Why is this policy in place?

The SASC office frequently has other students waiting to be assigned a tutor. When you fail to appear for an appointment, you not only take valuable time away from your tutor, but you also prevent another student from receiving help. Please be considerate of your tutor's time and resources, and use your tutoring time effectively so that you can be successful. [Back to top]