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Free tutoring services are available to all registered students from any campus within the Baker College System. Students having difficulty with a class make use of our tutoring services and computer labs, as well as students who are already doing fairly well.
Your tutor will be a student who has taken and successfully passed the course, and on some campuses, you may have the option of a professional tutor for certain courses.
You can schedule an appointment with a tutor by contacting the Learning Center on your campus. Please keep in mind that tutors may not be available for all subjects. Walk-in appointments may be available, but is dependent upon tutor availability. You are allowed to schedule two appointments per week per subject. If you cannot make it to your tutoring appointment, please contact the Learning Center as soon as possible. Excessive missing of appointments may result in future appointments being revoked, and cancelations made within one hour of your appointment will be counted as a missed appointment.
Some things to keep in mind about your tutoring session:
- Tutoring is a two-way street, one in which tutees should play a very active role.
- Tutees are expected to be an active participant and contributor in their sessions.
- Tutees should bring all relevant materials, including textbook, the syllabus, class notes, past papers, and past tests to tutoring sessions.
- Tutees should come prepared by
- Attending class
- Taking notes
- Reading assignments
- Trying homework problems
Peer tutoring, or students tutoring students, has been shown to be one of the most effective types of tutoring. Students often develop a positive rapport with another student who has had similar experiences and, thus, they share something in common. Ideally, the student and tutor will develop a trusting relationship that fosters learning and the increasing independence of the student. Tutors construct these relationships by becoming acquainted with the students, actively listening, sharing their own experiences, and asking questions.
The role of the tutor is to facilitate learning and promote a positive learning experience for the tutee. Each session will begin by spending a few minutes determining what type of help you need. Explaining an algebraic concept, for instance, may not be sufficient if the student's understanding of arithmetic is shaky, and telling a student how to do something may not be useful if that person learns visually and can't "see" what the instructor is lecturing. Sessions will not include working through each problem in homework. The concept or process will be discussed, and the tutor can walk you through similar examples to discover and resolve process errors. You can then apply the new skill to homework, reinforcing the concept through practice.
Most student tutoring positions are work study positions paid for by the Federal Work Study program. If you are interested in becoming a tutor, the first step is to check with the Financial Aid Office on your campus to see if you qualify for the work study program. If you qualify, you will then want to contact your campus Learning Center regarding any open positions. For more information on how to apply, please see the Financial Aid Work Aid page.