Tutoring Session Policies
What is peer tutoring? Peer tutoring is a reciprocal process which enhances knowledge through guided reinforcement.
In keeping with this philosophy, Tutoring Center tutors do not give answers or do your homework or other graded assignments for you. We are not able to offer last-minute help for students who have not read their texts, kept current with the course material, or have not put forth a genuine effort of their own. We will work with you to solve difficult problems or to understand difficult concepts assuming you have made an attempt to do so on your own prior to visiting The Tutoring Center.
I. We anticipate students who use The Tutoring Center to prepare by:
- Going to class, listening attentively, taking notes and asking questions to clarify misunderstandings. If you missed a class you are responsible for getting notes or reviewing the material before coming in.
- Reviewing notes, practicing problems and reading their textbooks.
- Attempting problems on their own before seeking help.
- Preparing several specific questions regarding their course material.
- Knowing what they want help with and what they want to accomplish.
- Making a genuine effort to do the work prior to coming to The Tutoring Center.
- Bringing their pencil or pen, paper, textbook, notebook, current assignment, and any necessary notes or previous work to the lab.
II. Students who use The Tutoring Center should expect tutors to:
- Listen attentively and carefully.
- Help them identify difficulties they are having and develop strategies for addressing them.
- Help them identify and use the strengths they have to master difficult material.
- Help them work toward a genuine ability to solve problems and arrive at correct answers on their own.
- Give them time to work independently during the session.
- Help them learn successful study strategies
- Refuse to assist unprepared students and ask that they review specific material before returning.
III. Students who use The Tutoring Center should know that:
- Another tutor may have to take over if the current tutor's shift is over or is taking a break.
- Tutors may rotate among several students.
- Students may be asked to work in groups if they are working on similar material.
- Tutors do not have all the answers, as they are also students and not professors. Keep in mind that your professors are available to help you during their office hours.
- Only enrolled Pace students may use our services.
IV. Appropriate behaviors for using The Tutoring Center are:
- Coming to the Center ready to work.
- Participating actively in the tutoring session by listening attentively and carefully, responding and doing practice sets,
- reflecting and asking specific questions to enhance your understanding.
- Having patience for the tutoring process.
- Treating all tutors and other students with respect and civility.
- Not distracting or disturbing others.
- Not eating food or talking on cell phones in the lab.