The goal of tutoring is to help you become a more independent learner through the use of temporary, supplemental assistance of a peer who has completed the course. Our tutors are recommended by the faculty and trained by professional SASC staff. While tutoring is an effective means of academic support, it is not meant to replace outside study, the expertise of the professor, or additional study groups on campus. You may need to use a combination of these resources to achieve your goals.
When you request a tutor, you agree to make a weekly commitment to your appointments. You will be expected to have your homework completed before your tutoring appointment and to come prepared with specific questions. Your tutor is not expected to be "on call," so you will need to make use of additional supports (such as faculty, departmental tutoring, etc.) when additional questions come up. You may need to prepare ahead of time for your tutoring appointments, and it is your responsibility to build this time into your weekly schedule.
If you have special needs due to a documented disability and need accommodations, contact our office at 563-387-1270 to set up an appointment with a staff member to discuss your situation. Likewise, we are more than willing to assist any student who experiences difficulties due to extenuating circumstances. However, your success as a student will depend on your willingness to seek the resources you need, use tutoring wisely, and communicate your questions and concerns to our office.
Referral to departmental tutoring/professors' office hours
Our tutors create a tutoring log for each session that includes information about your progress. If our tutors observe that you are doing well enough to end tutoring, they may recommend that you use other resources instead. Alternatives include departmental tutoring, professors' office hours, or group tutoring. If your tutor makes the recommendation to end tutoring, SASC staff will contact you to discuss your options.
If you become ill or cannot attend a session due to an emergency, please contact your tutor, or the SASC office at 563-387-1270 as soon as possible.
Referral to coordinator
Program participants may be referred to the Tutor Coordinator for reasons including, but not limited to: excessive absences, frequent lateness, inadequate effort, academic misconduct, or personal misconduct. At that time, the contract will be placed on hold, and the student will need to meet with the Tutor Coordinator to discuss whether the contract should continue. While SASC will make every effort to resolve the issue, we reserve the right to cancel tutoring for any participant who fails to comply with the terms of the contract.