Math Tutoring Tips

Tutoring Tips: Helpful Strategies to Make the Most of your Math or Accounting Session

The Center’s Mission

The Academic Success Center is committed to helping students develop the skills and confidence needed to succeed in their coursework and in their academic, professional, and personal pursuits.

Tips for Success

  1. Be conscious of the Academic Success Center’s hours and plan your arrival accordingly.  Give yourself time to ask the questions you have prepared. Please bring your Student I.D. and sign in and out for your session.  Please bring a photo I.D. if you’d like to check out a laptop.
  2. Be prepared to spend time in the Academic Success Center — tutoring is on a walk-in basis, so be aware that during periods of high volume, there may be a wait.  Do not wait until the day before a test or quiz to seek help; it may be busy in the Academic Success Center, and you may not be able to get the amount of help that you desire.
  3. Bring assignment sheets and show the tutor. Read section in the book and review notes from class.
  4. Bring homework you have attempted to do.  Attempt several problems and keep any work you have done.  This work is required to aid tutors in identifying areas of difficulty.  On-line students should print out the problems they have attempted and bring the work with them or check out a laptop in the Center.
  5. Attend classes and bring class notes to share with the tutor.  If a class is missed, get notes from a fellow student in the class or take notes during your own reading of the text.  Please note that tutoring does not replace attending class, and tutors are not permitted to teach or present new material.
  6. Underline specific terms which you don’t understand in the textbook or in your notes. Mark the specific steps that confuse you in example problems. Place reminders on your attempted to homework to show the tutor where you became stumped.
  7. Be conscious of the Academic Success Center’s limitations.  Tutors are not authorized to be of any assistance on take-home tests or other assigned graded work.  Tutors can explain any similar problems that you locate in the textbook.  Please do not ask the tutor to participate in any activity that may be deemed academically dishonest.
  8. Share with your tutor any preferred way of learning (i.e. visual, auditory, etc.) that you may have.
  9. The tutor will actively engage you in the session by asking you questions about your material, so please be prepared for a collaborative session.
  10. The Academic Success Center has laptops available.  However, if you need to take an online test or quiz, you must use the computers in the Library or a computer lab.
  11. Ask the tutor or one of the staff members for assistance if needed.

Good luck with your courses!