This contract is designed to maximize the effectiveness of tutoring by having both the tutor and the student discuss goals and expectations of the tutoring relationship. Discuss the document in its entirety before tutoring occurs. A clear understanding of each party’s responsibilities becomes the first step toward a successful tutoring experience. Should either party be unwilling or unable to meet the responsibilities outlined below, they should contact the Academic Success Center (ASC) office immediately at 803-323-3929.
Goals of Tutoring
- Assist students in becoming independent learners
- Identifying the students’ area(s) of concern
- Expose students to effective study skill techniques (e.g. note taking, study strategies, test preparation)
- Assist students in reaching a higher level of competence in a particular subject.
- Assist students in becoming active in the learning process
- Aid in the development of a positive approach towards learning
- Provide a supportive and encouraging environment where learning takes place at the students’ pace
- Check your voicemail and email regularly for messages from your tutor
- Attend class on a consistent basis
- Attend all scheduled tutoring sessions (both individual and group tutoring involve a weekly commitment); Arrive on time or early for all scheduled tutoring sessions
- Bring all academic support materials to each tutoring session (textbook, syllabus, notes, homework, pen/pencil, calculator, etc.)
- Do not bring friends to sessions; they must register for services through the ASC first
- Prepare for each session by reviewing what needs to be covered and bring an agenda with a list of questions or needs to share with the tutor
- Participate actively in all aspects of the tutoring session (asking questions, completing practice problems, etc.)
- Know your tutor’s name and contact information; contact your tutor by phone if you need to see them at the scheduled time/session before you contact the ASC office
- Contact the tutor via phone and email more than six (6) hours in advance to cancel/reschedule
- Sign your name on session records each time you meet (this is your legal signature)
- Review material to be covered prior to tutoring session(s)
- Attend all scheduled tutoring sessions and arrive on time or early
- Assist students in identifying problem areas through question and answer
- Use examples to demonstrate concepts and theories providing opportunity for practice
- Incorporate academic skills when possible; see the Assistant Director for ideas/suggestions
- Assist with practice problems, but cannot do / critique homework for students
- Make appropriate referrals to skills assessment or other offices
- Know student’s name and contact information; contact the student via phone and email at least six (6) hours in advance if you have scheduling conflicts
- Confirm the next scheduled session prior to the end of the current session
- Wait fifteen (15) minutes before marking a student as a "no show;" email them after the first five (5) minutes and call after the first ten (10) minutes after the appointment time
- Have the student "sign" the session record; you may not do so for them (this is your timesheet)
Goals of Tutoring are achieved by:
- Engaging students in a discussion about what they know about a subject
- Helping students determine what they don’t know
- Allowing students to find the answer among their academic materials (textbook, notes, etc.)
- Asking the student questions to help process information and transfer knowledge into long term memory
- Creating opportunities for student to practice what they are learning by providing mini quizzes, practice problems, or homework assignments
- Reviewing notes, homework assignments, projects, quizzes, and/or test to identify strengths and weaknesses
Goals of Tutoring are NOT achieved by:
- Academic Dishonesty (some examples listed below)
- e.g., Asking tutors to complete or having them complete homework assignments, quizzes, projects, tests, etc.
- e.g. , Asking a tutor to attend class or having them attend class in place of the student, or providing notes if the student is absent from class
- e.g. Cheating or plagiarism of any kind
- For a complete of listing of Academic Integrity Policies, refer to the Office of the Dean of Students website
Unless there is an emergency, contact your tutor (or the ASC office) no less than 6 hours in advance if you are unable to attend a scheduled tutoring session. Students who miss a scheduled session without properly notifying their tutor or the office will be marked as a "no show."
- 3 Cancellations: written notification of maximum cancellations and reminder of attendance policy
- 1st No Show: written notification of missed session and reminder of attendance policy
- 2nd No Show or more than 3 cancellations: temporary suspension of tutoring services. Student must meet with the Director of ASC before services are reinstated.
- 3rd No Show: if the student has been reinstated and misses a third tutoring session, revocations of tutoring services occur. Student must meet with Director of ASC before service will be provided in future semesters.
Unless there is an emergency, contact your student (or the ASC office) no less than 6 hours in advance if you are unable to attend a scheduled tutoring session. All efforts should be made to reschedule sessions within 48 hours. Tutors who miss a scheduled session without properly notifying their student or the office will be marked as a "no show."
- 1st No Show: Written notification of missed session and reminder of attendance policy
- 2nd No Show or repeated cancellations: Employment action form and employment probation
- 3rd No Show: Termination of tutoring position
- Evaluations of each of the student’s tutors must be completed by the conclusion of the current semester in order for the student to be eligible to receive ASC services in the future.
- Evaluations of each tutee must be completed by the conclusion of the current semester in order for the tutor to be eligible for further employment opportunities by the ASC.