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What to expect from tutoring at the Psychology Learning Center:

Tutors and their availability

Tutors in the Psychology Learning Center are either faculty who are currently teaching PSY 101, or former students who have excelled in psychology. All current PSY 101 faculty serve as tutors in the learning center for one hour per week for each PSY 101 course that they teach during the semester.

Tutors are available during most, but not all of the open hours of the Psychology Learning Center, especially at the Brighton campus. (Due to the much smaller number of PSY-101 sections at the Downtown Campus, there are fewer tutoring hours staffed there. Psychology tutors downtown will be in 442F, inside the Learning Commons) An up-to-date schedule of tutors is maintained in the tutoring room. At most two individuals will have tutoring duty at the same time; frequently only one tutor is on duty. Occasionally a scheduled tutor will be unavailable due to illness or temporary scheduling conflicts.

How tutors can help you

Most frequently, tutors will review previous tests that you have taken in PSY 101; for example, if you have taken an "A" test and are preparing for the "B" or "C" tests, a tutor can review your "A" test and explain items you got wrong or don't understand. Please understand that a tutor must be present to review A, B, or C tests.

Tutors can also help you understand the practice test, or clarify questions you may have from the textbook or from your class lectures.

Tutors do not have the time to teach you the material if you missed class, and you should seek tutoring after you have studied, not before. Tutors can suggest ways of improving your studying. (If you have a little time, take a look at this "How-to-Study" video series.)

How you can help make the tutoring session successful

  • Be patient. At times tutors are busy with other students, and although some tutors will try to work with more than one student at a time, most sessions are one-on-one. Sign your name on the waiting list, if necessary.

  • Have an idea of what you want to review. If you want to review a test you took, the tutor will need to know which test. The "A" and "C" tests that you take electronically in the learning center are instantly available on the tutor's computer, and you need only remember your section number and your name. The electronic practice tests are also available at the tutor's station.

  • Know your "B" test exam number (to review a "B" test). The in-class "B" tests do not get scanned electronically, so if you want to review a "B" test after taking it, you need to know your exam number, which you probably wrote down on the self-scoring feedback sheet that you used in class.

  • To review the material but not a test, have notes available, or the textbook. Don't sit down completely adrift expecting the tutor to teach the unit; come armed with confusion about specific parts of the material.

  • If you're seeking help for a course other than PSY 101, you might not get any. If a tutor isn't busy, you might get lucky, but unless the tutor knows the material of your other course, you might not get any help. Please don't expect tutors to be responsible for non-PSY-101 issues.

Some additional rules for tutoring sessions

  • Be polite
  • Don't play with your cell phone during tutoring
  • You do not need a photo ID for tutoring
  • If there are people waiting for tutoring after you, and you are in a one-on-one session, try to limit your needs to 15 minutes
  • When finished, please sign out at the Electronic Learning Center, indicating that you received assistance (these records help us to continue funding the Psychology Learning Center)
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