Getting help from a tutor at the Academic Support Center is simple: Just come by for help. We're free  for students, and we've got convenient hours  and online support. You can drop by for quick help; enroll in Project Mainstay , a grant program that gives you a tutor-mentor, technology if you need it, and social and cultural opportunities to build a stronger college experience; or (if you qualify) make an appointment to see a specific tutor.
There's no reason not to get help! Stop in, call, or find more information online, but whatever you do, don't struggle alone.
During a typical tutoring session, you and the tutor will sit at a table or meet online to have a conversation about your homework, project, or essay. The tutor will ask you if there is anything in particular that you would like to focus on or might need help improving. If you have any notes from your professor, you'll want to bring them to the table. The tutor and you will discuss any issues or questions, and the tutor will help you recognize your strengths and weaknesses to help you focus your work away from the Center.
We have a few special rules for writing sessions that students who haven't been in for a few semesters might be unfamiliar with. First, we will not read papers that are dropped off, and the tutors won't work as editors to fix your grammar or sentence errors for you. Instead, tutors will explain issues of grammar and punctuation as the need arises in your essay, with the goal of teaching you how to spot and correct your own errors on that text and future pieces of writing. Second, in writing sessions, you or the tutor will read the piece of writing aloud. This technique helps you hear your own errors, and you'll be shocked at how many mistakes you catch yourself, letting you and the tutor work on concerns that aren't so easily "fixed."
Online tutors hold tutoring sessions online or by phone, at a distance. Online sessions are synchronous and require students to make appointments to meet. Tutors and students "meet" either online inside the online scheduler or by phone (online sessions number - 410.849.9260 ). Currently, we offer online tutoring sessions in writing, business/accounting, and some science classes.
Email tutoring is no longer available, as of Fall 2012, and has been replaced with appointment-based online tutoring.
In a supplemental instruction session, a tutor holds a study session for students in a specific section of a class. The tutor has been attending the class alongside the students and has usually met with the instructor about the topics in which students are likely to need extra help. If you're in a class that has supplemental instruction, you can attend any of the supplemental instruction sessions held for your class section.
In a handful of classes, tutors anticipate a high number of students coming with the same questions. For these, tutors hold what we call group study sessions, when a tutor sets aside an hour for a group tutoring/study session for students in a specific course. Math and science courses tend to have dedicated study-sessions. You can find the group study schedule using our online scheduler . Just change the "Schedule" in the drop-down menu when you log in to "Group Study."
Our tutors are a diverse bunch; they work full-time and part-time; they’re retired teachers and current students; they bring a wide range of experiences, histories, and world views to the table. The fact that our tutors reflect the diversity of our student body helps every student find a tutor with whom she or he “fits.” If you're interested in joining our diverse bunch of tutors, find information about applying online .
Our tutors don’t all work in the same mode. Here’s a breakdown of the different ways our tutors provide tutoring support:
For the Spring 2013 semester, we offer tutoring in the following disciplines:
As our tutoring staff grows, this list of disciplines might change. If you are in need of a tutor in a discipline not listed here, be in touch. We might have added a tutor to the staff who can answer your questions.
If you're interested in joining our staff as a tutor yourself, you can apply online  for a position.