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]
Students are expected to meet with their assigned tutor once/week. There is always something to review or practice. You sign a contract agreeing to be a responsible student (attend class regularly, complete all assignments, meet with the professor, etc.). Tutoring works best when tutor and student meet consistently throughout the semester. [Back to top]
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. Tutoring should occur once/week. Absences/cancelled tutoring sessions may result in your tutoring contract being cancelled by the Tutor Coordinator.
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 but often underutilized resource on campus.
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Nothing. All SASC tutoring is free. [Back to top]
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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You can request tutoring in any course for which we offer tutoring. Generally, you will be scheduled for 30 minutes of tutoring in a course per week. You may request additional time; requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by your professor. Depending on resources and need, up to 60 minutes of tutoring in a course per week can be scheduled. [Back to top]
We expect to be able to fill all requests in subjects in which tutors are available. If a tutor is not immediately available, or only limited tutors are available, group sessions may be scheduled. The Tutor Coordinator may need additional time to fill a tutor request if it is necessary to seek out and hire/train a new tutor. 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
Rescheduling: At times, you and your tutor may need to reschedule for later in the week. Although this may be necessary on occasion, 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. If you develop a pattern of excessive absences, you may be referred to the Tutor Coordinator, who will meet with you to determine whether your contract should continue.
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]