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Frequently Asked Questions

What happens at language tutoring?

Peer tutors provide help with assignments given in language courses. Tutoring services are available to any Susquehanna University student.

Do I need to make an appointment?

Each tutoring service is a little bit different.  For one-on-one language tutoring, students should contact the tutor directly to make an appointment.  French drop-in tutoring is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-ins also are welcome for the weekly review sessions for SPAN-103. 

What do I need to bring with me to a tutorial session?

Some important items to bring to a tutorial session include the teacher's description of the assignment, relevant class notes, any work you've done on the assignment before the session, blank paper for notes, and a pen or pencil. Stated in more general terms: you should bring anything that would help the tutor understand your goals for the assignment and that shows what you've accomplished thus far.

How much does it cost?

Tutoring is free for all Susquehanna University Students.

Can you fix my work?

The tutor may have the abilities necessary to "fix" your work, but that's not her/his job. Furthermore, "fixing" work qualifies as academic dishonesty (see SU Policy on Academic Honesty).

Will tutors tell me what to do?

Tutors strive to help students make their own decisions. If a particular assignment or situation required a more directive approach, the tutor might offer a few "corrections" but focus on a small portion of the assignment in order to guide the student in doing the rest of the work herself.

If I work with a tutor, am I going to get an A?

Although studies show that tutoring helps students earn better grades, the grade you earn is, ultimately, your responsibility.

Will my instructor know I came for help?

Records are kept on a sign-in sheet, and information is compiled. We only forward basic information about student visits (e.g., name, date, and time) to professors who request it. Most professors encourage students to seek help and see tutoring as a positive step, but if you would prefer that we not reveal that you've sought our help with academic skills, please tell us and we will respect your wishes.

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