Tutoring - What is it?



What should I expect when I come to the Science Center?


What can the Science Center do for me?


What is tutoring? Isn't it just teaching?


Good questions, and we have some answers for you.

Tutoring is not teaching. Our staff of peer tutors won't lecture to you, and they won't just give you correct answers, correct

your homework, or comment on your lab data or reports. Tutoring is a process our staff follows to help you develop your

own understanding of key concepts, to learn to think critically, and to develop problem-solving skills.


What we do:

  • We ask you questions, lots of questions, to determine where you are and where you are having difficulties.

  • We work with you to become a self-sufficient learner, and guide you so that you develop the skills to do well.

  • We care about you. Tell us what we can do to help.

What the Science Center can do for you:

  • Students who take advantage of the Science Center's tutors do better...period, and we have the data to prove it.

What can you do:

  • Come prepared!

    Bring all relevant materials --- textbook, lecture notes, assignments, problems, whatever's needed.

    Do the assigned reading and try to do the homework or problems beforehand.

    Don't miss class!

    Have specific questions ready for the tutor.

  • Actively participate

    Ask the tutor how she/he studied for that course.

    Stop the tutor if she/he is going too fast.

    Don't be afraid to say, "I still don't get it. Let's do it again."

    Review the material on your own. Work lots of similar problems.

    Consider getting a study partner or joining a study group.

    Don't expect the tutor to do the work for you!

As always, see the director if you have questions or concerns. We are here to help you succeed!