Peer Tutoring Program

Ben Smith
QSR Center Director
Peer Tutoring Program Coordinator

Tutoring Sessions

What To Expect From a Tutorial Session

You may meet with a tutor to get help with one assignment, or you may meet regularly throughout the semester. Be sure to arrive with specific questions. Don't expect the tutor to sit with you while you do your homework. Do your homework ahead of time, so you can ask for help with what you don't understand.

The tutors do not give the answers to homework  but explain what you don't understand, use examples to work on the process of finding an answer, and show how the problems fit into your assignments. At the end of your session, you and the tutor summarize what you have worked on, going over anything you don't understand.

Sometimes answers won't come easily. When this happens, you and the tutor should work out a plan for finding out how to solve the problem. Perhaps you and the tutor need more information. Maybe something is missing from the assignment or from the material. Get the missing information right away from the professor or from another student. Check back with the tutor to let her or him know what you find out, so the tutor can help other students who may have the same questions.

If necessary, you should write an acknowledgement of help on your homework or paper.  If you wish, you may get an acknowledgement form from the file holder outside of the Peer Tutoring Program director's office.  If you have questions about acknowledging help, or about your homework and the Honor Code, you should speak with your course instructor. 

Your professor will hand out a course syllabus and course information at the beginning of the semester.  It is important that you read over this material so that you are aware of the requirements of the course, and so that you can anticipate when assignments, quizes, and exams are due.  Share this information with your tutor when planning your goals for the tutorials.