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Peer Tutoring

TUTORING: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

» How do I get started with weekly-assigned tutoring?
» What is drop-in tutoring?
» Who will be my tutor?
» How much weekly-assigned tutoring can I receive?
» What happens at tutoring sessions?
» How shall I prepare for tutoring sessions?
» How do I cancel a weekly-assigned tutoring session?
» What should I do if I don’t have any new material to work on?
» How can I give feedback to the tutoring program?
» May I drop tutoring?
» What if I am unhappy with my tutoring sessions?

How do I get started with weekly-assigned tutoring?
Students wishing to utilize weekly-assigned tutoring services must complete a Peer Tutor Request Form and bring it to the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (Old Main 101). A brief orientation with the Tutoring & Mentoring Coordinator is required prior to receiving tutoring.

What is drop-in tutoring?
Tutors for select classes are available during scheduled drop-in hours. No appointment is necessary. Hours will vary each semester. Drop-in tutoring sessions are limited to 20 minutes, depending on demand.

Who will be my tutor?
Your tutor will be a MSU student who has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and has received a grade of "B+" or better in the course for which they tutor.

How much weekly-assigned tutoring can I receive?
No more than one 2-hour session or two 1-hour sessions per week is permitted. The Tutoring Coordinator will award a specific number of hours based on the number of remaining weeks in the semester (up to a maximum of twelve (12) weeks). Weekly-Assigned tutoring is offered for one course only each semester; exceptions may be made based on the student’s circumstances and tutor availability.

Once you have been matched, the tutor will contact you and together you will establish a meeting time and place for the initial tutoring session. If you do not meet with the tutor within two weeks from his/her initial call, the tutor will be reassigned.

What happens at tutoring sessions?
Tutors strive to provide students with the essential learning tools and resources integral to their academic success.  Tutors seek to empower the students being serviced in their pursuit of becoming independent learners. Thus your tutor will assist you in developing learning strategies that will be effective for you in class. For example, if you have an exam coming up, your tutor may help you predict test questions and then quiz you over those questions. If you are having difficulty solving a math problem, your tutor may help you develop a list of steps involved in solving the problem.

Tutors are trained to get you actively involved in the sessions--you will be the person doing most of the talking in the tutoring sessions.

How shall I prepare for tutoring sessions?
Attend class.
Take good class notes, complete assigned readings, and attempt to complete homework before your tutoring session.
Tutors will not explain content of material that hasn’t been read, re-teach information due to class absences, or prep students who haven’t studied for exams.

How do I cancel a weekly-assigned tutoring session?
To change or cancel a tutoring appointment, students must notify their tutor 24 hours in advance of the appointed time. Failure to cancel an appointment will be considered a no-show, and means forfeiting the tutoring session for that week. Students will be required to notify their tutor before tutoring can resume.

What should I do if I don’t have any new material to work on?
Cancel the day before if you feel you will not need help OR attend your session and plan to review, work ahead, practice and drill over information, explore additional resources on the internet or in the department, etc.

How can I give feedback to the tutoring program?
All students utilizing tutoring services will be asked to complete a short evaluation at the conclusion of the semester. The Tutoring Coordinator is also happy to discuss concerns at any time.

May I drop tutoring?
If you withdraw from the course you are being tutored in or want to drop tutoring for any reason, you must contact your tutor and the Tutoring Coordinator immediately.

What if I am unhappy with my tutoring sessions?
First discuss with your tutor how you might work together to make the sessions more effective.

  • If you don’t feel comfortable doing that or if it doesn't help, please talk to the Tutoring Coordinator.
  • Resolving problems soon after tutoring begins usually works best for everyone.

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