What to Expect from Tutoring

  • Tutors are not instructors and not expected to know everything.  They have been recommended by professors and have been successful students in designated content areas. 

  • Tutoring is offered to help you benefit as much as possible from classroom instruction by providing opportunities to work with knowledgeable peers.

  • Students work individually with a Tutor or in small groups.  

  • Tutoring tends to be most effective when used proactively and regularly. Do not wait until the last minute.

  • Tutoring takes place in different locations across campus. These spaces are warm, inviting, and accessible for all learners. Bi-lingual Tutors are available on designated evenings.

  • Tutors may refer you back to your instructor, since content may not be covered in the same way for every class. 

  • Tutors may ask you to take a break and review what you have learned from the session. Giving your mind a rest is important to learning new concepts and methods.

Make the Most Out of Tutoring

  • Come to tutoring prepared. Complete as much of the homework or content in advance and mark the concepts or problems you do not understand. Write down at least 3 questions prior to your tutoring session.

  • It is important that you bring your class notes, book, syllabus, and other materials to the session. Having the appropriate material will help in your conversation with the Tutor.

  • If you have a preferred style of learning (i.e. visuals, talking it out, doing the problems by hand, etc.), let your Tutor know at the beginning of the session so that they can accommodate your preferences.

  • Ask your classmates if they are interested in joining you for tutoring. Your peers may be able to qualify your questions or challenges in context with the particular course or instructor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I always have 1-on-1 sessions?
Appointments are almost always 1-on-1 consultations. In Walk-In, although we try our best effort to provide 1-on-1 tutoring, our limited supply of tutors and the varying need for tutoring may prompt us to ask if you would join a group session in order to ensure you are seen in a timely manner.

How long can I sit with a Tutor?
During Walk-In, we are flexible in how long it takes to meet your various needs. However, due to the fact our brains cannot focus for more than 45-minutes at a time, we aim to address your needs and questions within 30-minutes. We may encourage you to take a break and try the problems on your own. Appointments are scheduled in 1-hour blocks.

What can I do to prepare for a session?
To get the most out of Tutoring, you need to have a plan for what you are wanting to discuss. Take some time to reflect on what you know really well in a topic and also what you are struggling with most. This will help you better understand what you want out of Tutoring and how to articulate your needs to a Tutor.

Will a Tutor help me with my homework?
No. You must be the sole contributor to any work you submit for a grade in order to uphold academic integrity. If you bring your homework, Tutors will create similar problems for you to work through. However, Tutors will observe your process for learning a process and make suggestions if needed.

If Tutors don't help with homework, what do they do?
Tutors are not content specialists. Instead, Tutors have content experience. Therefore, Tutors are mentors and coaches for their various subjects of experience and help you understand the fundamental skills you need in order to meet your course requirements.

Can Tutors go over returned exams?
Absolutely! We actually encourage post-test review sessions so that you understand what elements you still need to strengthen before taking your next scheduled exam.

Who would be tutoring me?
Our Tutors are both undergraduate and graduate students who have taken your course(s) and were recommended by faculty teaching that course. We do not offer professional Tutors since peer tutoring is a rich and more dynamic method of learning.

How soon before an exam, essay, or presentation should I come for Tutoring?
Our recommendation is that students come for tutoring eight (8) days before any major assignment. This allows enough time for you to implement and revisit Tutoring regarding any recommendations or plans your Tutor suggested.

Do I have to pay for tutoring?
No. The Office of Learning Resources offers Tutoring free of charge. Students offering private tutoring are not associated with our office and may charge a fee.

What if my course is not supported by Tutoring?
The Office of Learning Resources supports many introductory and lower-level courses to help students transition to the demands of higher education. Students in courses not supported by Tutoring are encouraged to meet with their instructors and are welcome to schedule Academic Coaching for help with learning skills.

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Office of Learning Resources

Roesch Library 023 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1302