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ASC: Supports for Students - Tutoring

Frequently Asked Questions

What can my tutor help me with?

  • Peer tutors can help you review course content, answer questions, provide feedback, and present opportunities to practice skills.
  • Peer tutors cannot assist you with any homework or course assignments that will be submitted for grades or course credit.
  • Peer tutoring is offered only when qualified tutors are available.
  • If you require assistance with a course that your tutor cannot support, please send an email to tutoring@rrc.ca to ask if a qualified Peer Tutor or Staff Tutor is available for the course.
  • The Academic Success Centre cannot guarantee a tutor will be available for all subjects.

How much does peer tutoring cost?
Peer Tutoring is supported in part by the Red River College Polytechnic Student's Association and is free to all students who are actively enrolled in an River College Polytechnic course.

How often can I meet with a peer tutor?
River College Polytechnic students may access up to 3 hours of individual online peer tutoring per week; 2 of these hours may be booked with the same tutor.

How do I meet my tutor online?
Peer Tutoring is delivered online via WebEx. For instructions on how to meet your Peer Tutor online, please click here.

Do Peer Tutors provide writing tutoring?
Peer Tutors do not support writing. For help with writing, please visit the Writing Centre

Tutoring Tips for Students

Tutoring Tips for Students

  1. Seek help early.  Make use of your tutor time.  Tutors become very busy the week before mid-terms and final exams.
  2. Come prepared with questions.  Have questions ready to ask the tutor when you meet. Being able to identify what areas you are having difficulty with will increase the value of your time spent with a tutor.
  3. Come prepared.  Bring your textbook, calculator and any other equipment you would need to complete your work on your own.
  4. Play an active role in your session.  Ask questions when you don’t understand the material. Do your readings before attending your tutoring session. The tutoring session should not just be used to complete your homework! Ask the tutor for real life examples to help you understand concepts and how to complete your work. Even ask how a similar question might be asked on an exam.
  5. Get the extras.  WE LEARN BY DOING!  Often tutors can offer another approach to understanding a complex idea, and what questions might help you to reach that understanding. Tutors can often explain how course material fits into your program of study. Understanding the big picture will help you remember and recall the information for tests and exams.
  6. Make your tutoring session effective.  Stay on topic and don’t be distracted by things you cannot change. Courses can be challenging and the material difficult, but it is your responsibility as a student to do the best you can despite any concerns you may have with the textbook, instructor or course delivery.

Remember: Provide your tutor with at least 24-hour notice if you need to cancel your session; a session cancelled with less than 24-hours notice is a missed appointment. Students who miss three appointments are no longer allowed to book appointments with tutors until they speak with the Tutoring Supervisor.

 

Quick Study Tips:

  1. Review your class material at least once a week.
  2. Be an active learner, ask questions during class.
  3. Find a quiet place to study away from distractions.
  4. Complete assigned readings before they are discussed in class.
  5. Organize a study group with 3 or 4 students to share ideas and understanding. The group is a great resource for test preparation and explanation of complex concepts.
  6. Practice good time management techniques.
  7. Find a study buddy with whom you can share notes should one of you be absent and with whom you can discuss tricky concepts.
  8. If possible, review the last class’s notes before attending the next lecture.
  9. Use flash cards to memorize terms, definitions and formulas.
  10. Attend study skills workshops and/or course content group sessions offered at the College.