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Tutoring

Tutoring is provided by peer Academic Specialists, high-achieving SCSU undergraduate and graduate students recommended by faculty within one or more disciplines.

Individual support is available by appointment in over 20 academic disciplines (listed below) during the fall and spring semesters. Summer tutoring is available on a limited basis when resources are available. Please refer to the Summer Support page for details.

Appointments are strongly encouraged in all disciplines (except math) to ensure that an Academic or Writing Specialist is available to meet with you. Appointments may be scheduled for 30 minutes. Students are limited to 1 hour a day per subject area in an effort to meet the tutoring demands of all SCSU students.

Math tutoring is offered on a drop-in basis in the Academic Success Center Math Zone. Please refer to the Math Zone page for more information and a detailed schedule. 


tutoring support areas

Schedule a tutoring appointment with an Academic or Writing Specialist using the SSC Campus app on your MySCSU Launchpad. Click HERE for instructions.

Anthropology
Biology
Chemistry
Communication
Communication Disorders
Computer Science

French
Geography
History
Italian
Nursing
Physics

Political Science
Psychology
Public Health
Spanish
Writing

Looking for tutoring in a course not currently supported?
Complete the Request for Tutoring form and return to the Academic Success Center!


 

Tips for working with Academic Specialists

  • Use an Academic Specialist "early and often" to help you do your very best all semester!
    • Learning requires active participation of the learner, so C=come prepared to discuss course material, ask questions, and practice problems.
  • Tutoring is not a chance to have another student re-lecture or explain the content. Your Academic Specialist will not reteach material but will work through concepts, ideas, or problems with you so that you can leave with a better understanding.
  • Do not procrastinate! Sessions the week of the test are less helpful and more busy. Plan ahead to meet with an Academic Specialist at least 24 hours before the test or assignment deadline. 
  • Academic Specialists will not help with exams or quizzes, including take-home exams. This violates the College's policies around academic conduct. 

 

Student Expectations

  • Don't wait until you're in trouble in a class to begin using tutoring services. By that point, tutoring may not be as effective.
  • Attend all scheduled appointments and cancel appointments if you cannot attend or no longer need them. Students are given two "no shows." Beyond that, they will be prohibited from scheduling more appointments until they meet with the Associate Director or Director to discuss expectations.
  • Come prepared by reading the text and attempting the homework ahead of time. Having specific questions about what you find challenging or confusing will make the most efficient and effective use of your time with the academic specialist.
  • Bring all necessary materials with you to your tutoring session including your textbook, notes, assignment instructions, grading criteria, feedback from instructor, etc. 

 

Frequently asked questions

Q: What can I expect to get out of a tutoring session with an Academic Specialist?
A: You should leave a successful session with a better understanding of both course concepts AND what you'll have to do to get ready for your next assignment.

Q: Will I get individualized attention in a drop-in tutoring session?
A:Yes! Academic Specialists are trained to help meet each student's individual learning needs in both appointment and drop-in sessions. After the Academic Specialist addresses your questions, he/she will have you work on your own to practice these new skills while he/she works with other students attending the drop-in session, and will circle back to you to check on your progress.

Q: What if I need help with a class that is not currently supported with tutoring by the Academic Success Center?
A:First, check to see if Supplemental Instruction is offered for your course. You can do that by referring to your course syllabus or by contacting the Academic Success Center. If SI is offered for the course, students should attend SI review sessions. If the course is not supported by SI, students may submit a request form (see above). Please note that requests for tutoring support must be submitted prior to the last day of course withdrawal for the respective course term. The Academic Success Center will try to fulfill reasonable requests submitted prior to the deadline however, submitting a request for tutoring does not guarantee that a tutor will be available.