Tips for making the most of tutoring

Tutoring helps students develop academic mastery and independent learning skills. Help us make your sessions as productive as possible by following these tutoring tips:

1. Come prepared.

Bring your questions, textbook, notes, pencil/pen and class materials with you. Read your assignments and do your best to work through your homework problems before your tutoring session.

2. Attend classes regularly.

Tutoring is designed to supplement class instruction, not to replace it.

3. Do not ask tutors to do your homework, proofread your assignments or assist in any way with take-home exams.

Tutors can help clarify assignments and identify skills needed to complete assignments. They can give you extra problems and examples similar to the ones giving you trouble. They can help you learn to solve them, but to work on assigned problems or tasks is in violation of the CCBC Code of Conduct and the Ethics of the National Tutoring Association. 

4. Understand that tutors are not teachers.

Teaching provides students with new information; tutoring helps students master that information by providing alternate explanations, techniques and examples. Tutors are not a substitute for attending class.

5. Use tutoring services efficiently.

You will benefit more from tutoring if you seek help when you first begin having problems. If you wait until the last minute, you may not be able to master the material in time to succeed on tests and assignments.

6. Do not expect tutors to know everything.

Please remember that tutors are paraprofessional staff and students like you who have mastered specific course content. They are not expected to have the same level of experience as your professor.

7. Ask questions when something is unclear.

If you remain silent, the tutor may assume you understand. Tutors have learned many ways to explain a single concept, so continue to ask questions until the material is clear for you.

8. Sign-in for tutoring services and evaluate tutors and the Student Success Center when requested.

These are the only requirements for tutoring and Student Success Center services. Adhering to these rules helps us maintain funding, so that we can continue to provide services free of charge.

Student Success Center hours

Fall and Spring sessions

Monday – Thursday
9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Winter and Summer sessions

Monday – Thursday
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Between terms/sessions

Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.