What To Expect

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At the Academic Support Center, we help students with their questions and concerns about classwork, essays, academic expectations, and study skills. Most of our work is done face to face, in person, in conversation about what your needs as a student are. Math and science sessions tend to happen in small groups, with students dropping in and out of the room as they need. Writing and other discipline sessions tend to happen one-on-one with just one tutor and one student working together.

We also offer support in other formats -- online, supplemental instruction, and dedicated study sessions. Find more information about each of these formats below.

A typical tutoring session

During a typical tutoring session, you and the tutor will sit at a table and 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 tutoring

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, Skype (user name - Chesapeake_ASC), by phone (online sessions number - 410.849.9260), or chat to discuss an essay. Currently, writing is the only discipline offering online tutoring, as this is a pilot semester. Email tutoring is no longer available, as of Fall 2012.

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Supplemental instruction

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. At the session, you and classmates from that class,

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Dedicated study sessions

In a handful of classes, tutors anticipate a high number of students coming with the same questions. For these, tutors hold what we call dedicated drop-in 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.

When the new dedicated study sessions are scheduled for the semester, we'll post the schedule here.

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What We Don't Do:

  • We do NOT offer a drop-off or email proofreading service.
  • Tutors will not offer predictions on a student's expected grade.
  • Writing tutors cannot "fix" the paper or guarantee that a grade on a paper will improve.
  • We will not provide information about a session to an instructor unless the student makes special arrangements for us to do so.

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