Frequently Asked Questions about Peer Tutoring in the ADSC
Q: What is Peer Tutoring?
A: Peer Tutoring is a FREE service in which students who have obtained B+ or higher in various courses will tutor other students. Peer tutors have received training on various strategies and techniques to assist students who require this service. This service is free of charge. Some professors have policies on obtaining blue sheets as proof of tutoring attendance resulting in extra points, extra credit, etc. Note: Not all professors accept blue sheets, so check with your professors’ policies.
Q: Where is the ADSC located?
A: The center is located on the lower level of the library.
Q: What are the hours of the ADSC?
A: Monday: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am - 8:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 8:00pm
Friday 11:00am - 3:00pm
Saturday 11:00am - 3:00pm
Q: Will there be a cost to use the center?
A: No, all Academic Development & Support Center services are free to any Georgian Court University student. The Learning Center Program is the only fee-based service, as it is highly specialized and the support is given by professional staff members.
Q: How do I get peer tutoring services?
A: You may just drop in to the center when a tutor is scheduled—just check the schedule—the schedule is ready the second week of the term. You must complete an intake interview for your first appointment. Then you just sign in with a tutor and receive your assistance.
Q: How long do tutoring appointments last?
A: Tutoring appointments last from 45 to 50 minutes.
Q: May I come every week for the entire semester?
A: Yes! You may have tutoring for the whole semester. All that is required is that you sign-in on the computer in the library, Room 107.
Q: What should I bring to my tutoring session?
A: Please bring your course syllabus, notes, and textbook. It is always a good idea to have questions ready to ask your tutor.
Q: What happens during a tutoring session?
A: Tutors are trained to use a wide variety of tutoring techniques. These include note review, problem solving, discussion, practice tests, games, and visuals. No two tutoring sessions are identical. Tutors are very adaptable and will try to meet your specific needs.
Q: Who are the tutors?
A: Tutors are sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have earned a "B" or higher grade point average. They have already completed the course they are tutoring. We also have professional staff that tutors as well.
Q: Do the tutors receive special training?
A: Yes. The tutors receive training, which the director arranges.
Q: I am interested in getting a tutor but I really do not want my instructor to know that I am using an ADSC tutor. Is that possible?
A: The ADSC respects confidentiality. We do not notify instructors that their students are using the center. The choice is yours if you wish to tell an instructor that you are using a tutor.
Q: What if a tutor and I don't seem to be on the "same wavelength?"
A: Please feel free to report this to the director, who can arrange for you to meet with a different tutor.
Q: Can my friend from class come to my tutoring sessions with me?
A: Absolutely! We encourage group sessions within the ADSC with the hope that they will continue outside the facility.
Q: If I need to write a paper, should I have a completed paper with me when I ask for help?
A: A tutor may assist you with creating an outline for your paper and help you brainstorm ideas if it is difficult for you to get started. Tutors are aware of the structure of a paper and will remind you of what an introduction, body, conclusion, and thesis statement are. Tutors do not feed you the information for your papers, nor will they write any part of your paper for you!
Q: Will a tutor proofread my paper?
A: No and yes. A writing tutor is not an editor; your writing is yours. It is unethical to have someone change your paper with the hope of getting a better grade. However, your tutor will collaborate with you to improve your writing by explaining to you what needs to be improved and the ways you may accomplish that improvement.
Q: I tried working with a tutor, but I didn't feel like she/he helped me. What do I do now?
A: Talk to the director. One-on-one teaching is not easy, and not all tutors will be able to work well with all clients. This happens in all aspects of life. If your sessions with a tutor are disappointing or not what you expected, ask to speak to the director. We'll find a tutor who will work with you.