Eastern Michigan University
Peer Tutoring FAQs
When and where do I meet my tutor?
Students are responsible for contacting the tutor to set up a mutually convenient meeting time and place. Tutoring takes place in most public places on EMU campus between the hours of 8:00a.m. and 5:00p.m.
Am I permitted to meet just once or twice with a tutor, like just before tests?
Due to the mission and goals of tutoring, a tutor is unable to meet with a student just a few times or on an 'on-call' basis. Peer tutoring is a commitment of at least one hour per week, though tutors may work with a student for up to two hours a week as a general rule. This is for the benefit of the student and serves to increase the effectiveness of tutoring.
Do I need to be having academic problems in order to ask for tutoring assistance?
No, you don't need to be struggling before asking for a tutor. Many students want to stay ahead of the class by getting help every semester.
What can I do in addition to tutoring to help me with my coursework?
In addition to tutoring, there are other services offered through the Holman Success Center or other academic departments that may be helpful to students. Students may have a Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader available in their undergraduate courses who can assist with the development of things such as study skills and review of course-related material. Check the website (www.emich.edu/hsc) for a list of classes that have SI available. In addition, tutoring may be offered through some academic departments. This tutoring is available on a walk-in basis and each tutoring lab has its own hours of operation. Check with your department to get more information on departmental tutoring if it is offered.
Why won't my tutor give me direct answers to my questions?
Tutors are there to assist you in the learning process. The best way for that to happen is for the tutor to help you find your own answers to your questions.
Can I be sure that I'll pass the course for which I'm being tutored?
You are the key ingredient as to whether you pass your course or not. Most students who receive tutoring can improve their grade during the semester of tutoring if they are willing to put the time in to be successful.
What are the qualifications of the tutors at the HSC?
HSC individual tutors have passed the course that they are tutoring with a B+ or better and have an overall GPA of at least 3.0. The tutors are undergraduate level students who receive training through the HSC and are supervised by a Master Tutor and the Coordinator of Supplemental Instruction and Tutoring.
How do I request a tutor?
There are two ways to request a tutor.
1.) You can request a tutor in person at the HSC in room G04 of the Halle Library. You need to complete a tutor request form at the front desk, and from there you'll receive a list of tutors and their contact information for the course(s) you requested.
2.) You can also request a tutor online by downloading the tutor request form. Fill it out and email it to email@example.com as an attachment, and you'll receive a list of tutors and their contact information within 2 business days.
Once you get your tutor list, you should contact the tutor directly via phone or email to set up an appointment.