About Peer Tutoring: the FAQs

General Guidelines for Tutoring


You've made a great decision to explore peer tutoring!  Use of our services involves the following commitments:

Tutoring is a content-based academic support activity.  Students receiving tutoring are expected to attend all classes; visit professors' office hours; work with teaching assistants; study on a regular basis; take good notes, and apply independent learning skills.

Students receiving tutoring are expected to be consistent and regular in their attendance from the first meeting until the end of the semester or until you decide that there is no longer a need for tutoring.  If you no longer need tutoring, you should complete the online DISCONTINUATION form.

Those requesting and receiving tutoring must respect Ithaca College human and financial resources.  It becomes challenging to properly provide services when students:

    *sign up for tutoring and never use the service;

    *are always late or don't show up for scheduled tutoring sessions;

    *withdraw from tutoring before they give it a chance to make a            difference;

    *wait until the very last minute to seek our assistance; or

    *discontinue tutoring without informing the tutor or completing the             web-based discontinuation form.

Sometimes students are tutored by their friends who are employed with our office.  Tutoring hours are not to be used for socializing.  All sessions must be held in designated public spaces on Ithaca's campus and appropriately recorded in session reports.

The Contract for Mutual Understanding, located on the online Request for Services forms lists more specific rules and regulations related to use of peer tutoring services.

We appreciate your feedback!  Whenever we distribute surveys we hope that students receiving tutoring will participate in our evaluation and assessment efforts!



The Family Educational Rights Privacy Act prohibits us from sharing information about your use of services with parents.  You can, however, sign an Tutoring Services waiver of confidentiality if you wish to permit us to speak to your parents about your use of tutoring.