Questions and answers
I need help with my course so I must need a tutor, right?
Before you hire a tutor, try the resources available to you on campus. If you're struggling in a course, be sure to visit your instructor during their office hours at least once. You can bring your work and the questions you have. In addition to a huge amount of information available online, you can also take advantage of these services on campus:
- Math and Science Help Centre for drop-in tutoring in Math & Science courses
- Writing Centre for appointments to improve your written work and writing skills
- Academic Coaching for improving study skills or finding out how to manage your workload
How do I find a tutor?
Check the list of tutors and contact a tutor offering services for your course. If there's no tutor listed for your course, you might want to contact the department or the instructor and see if they know of a senior student who might be available to help. Some students may also advertise on bulletin boards on-campus or on social media. When contacting tutors, be mindful of what personal information you share.
How do I sign up to be a tutor?
Fill in the tutor registration form and bring it in to Oland Hall G13 along with an unofficial transcript. You don't need to bring a resume.
What is a reasonable fee to pay/charge?
Rates are decided between the student and tutor, usually before the first paid session. In general you can expect to pay $20/hour for introductory courses with increased rates for upper level courses.
Where are some places we could meet for a tutoring session?
UNB Saint John encourages you to consider your safety. To this end, you may want to first meet your tutor in a public place. There are many spots on campus that are appropriate for a tutoring session, particularly in the Hans W. Klohn Commons where you can even book a study room. You might also want to use some of the seating around campus or a spot in the Thomas J. Condon Student Centre.
Where is the line between tutoring and cheating?
Effective tutors help students develop the skills required for a course as well as the skill of learning for themselves. This sometimes includes discussing work that will be graded. Tutors should never complete any part of coursework that is to be graded for the student. Discussing, asking open-ended questions, and sharing resources is okay; telling the student what to write is not.
What if I get no work?
Student Services cannot guarantee tutors will receive work. Requests for tutors typically increase as the term progresses.
What do I do if I don't like my tutor?
UNB Saint John cannot ensure the quality or compatibility of a tutor. We recommend an introductory meeting to confirm the arrangement will work before starting paid sessions. When problems arise address them early on. If the tutoring is not working out, either party has the right to cancel your sessions.