Tips for Tutees

Know what you want to get from tutoring

  • Know specifically what you want to get out of tutoring, and make sure you can’t get that through using Free Resources on Campus first.
  • Consider how often you want to meet with a tutor - 1 hour per week throughout the semester? Intensively before a midterm or final?
  • Know your preferred days of the week and times of day for meeting with a tutor, but remember you will need to have some flexibility, as tutors are students too.
  • Are you willing to be tutored in a small group setting, or do you want only individual support? Be sure to clarify your preferences with your tutor.

Know the limits of what the tutor can provide

  • The tutor's role is to help the tutee improve learning in a particular course or discipline.
  • Neither tutors nor tutees may engage in any activity that constitutes Academic Misconduct as defined in the University’s Undergraduate and Graduate Calendars. Academic Misconduct may include but is not limited to writing other students’ papers, in whole or in part, including citations and references; completing other students’ assignments, in whole or in part; and assisting with coursework that will be marked (such as online quizzes, problem sets, and take-home exams). Both tutors and tutees should make themselves aware of what constitutes academic misconduct.

Interview and hire a tutor

  • All tutors in the database are currently registered in at least one University of Guelph course. Information contained in the Tutor Profiles has been posted by the tutor and is not otherwise verified.
  • Talk to or email with several different tutors to find one that works best for you.
  • Ask for references.
  • Look for a tutor who seems to be genuinely interested in the subject matter.
  • Keep in mind that a tutor does not necessarily have to have taken the specific course in order to be a good tutor. Also, getting a high mark in a course doesn’t necessarily mean the student is a good tutor. If the subject matter came very easily to him/her, he/she could have difficulty explaining it to others.

Questions to ask potential tutors

  • What prior tutoring experience do you have?
  • Have you taken this before course? What professor did you have? What did you find most challenging about the course?
  • How do you learn difficult material?
  • If I were having trouble understanding a concept from this course, what would you do to help me try to understand it?
  • Are you available for additional hours of tutoring before midterms and finals?
  • What do you like most about this subject?
  • Are you willing to prepare materials in advance? What materials would you prepare?

Meet your tutor

  • You and your tutor are responsible for finding a time and place to meet. It is recommended that you meet at a mutually agreeable, public place on campus.
  • Work out a payment schedule with your tutor in advance, and negotiate issues like the rate of pay per hour and the method and timing of payment before your first meeting.
  • You are not obligated to stay with a tutor for the entire semester. It’s okay to “drop” a tutor if s/he’s not helping you, though be sure to let him/her know.
  • Keep checking the site regularly for new tutors – students can add a Tutor Profile at any time during the semester.