Questions and answers

I need help with my course so I must need a tutor, right?

Many students rush to the conclusion that they need a tutor without checking out the free resources available to them on campus.  Before hiring a tutor try meeting with the instructor during his/her office hours.  Take in what you have been working on and ask them where you are going wrong. The Math and Science Help Centre is also a great option and the Writing Centre can offer you an appointment to go over your written work. 

How do I find a tutor?

Check the list of tutors and contact a tutor offering services for your course.  If there is no tutor listed for your course then you might want to contact the department or the instructor for your course and see if they know of a senior student who might be available to help.  Some students advertise on the bulletin boards when looking for a tutor.  Please be careful what personal details and contact information you post in a public forum. 

How do I sign up to be a tutor?

Fill in the tutor registration form and bring it in to Oland Hall G17.  A resume and copy of your transcript is not required but if provided can help to match you to students interested in hiring a tutor.

What is a reasonable fee to pay/charge?

Setting a rate is to be worked out between the student and the tutor.  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 when meeting with someone for the first time. There are many spots on campus that are appropriate for a tutoring session, particularly in the library.  Check with the circulation desk about using one of the private rooms in the Ward Chipman Library.  One of the student lounges could work for you or even a corner of the Baird Cafeteria. 

Where is the line between tutoring and cheating?

As a tutor it is natural that there will be times when you are unsure how much help you should give.  It is your job to help the student learn to do things for themselves.  Sometimes this means helping with practice problems or discussing topics being covered by the course.  Occasionally this will mean discussing work that will be graded. You should never find yourself completing work that is to be graded for the student or telling them what to write for a paper.

What if I get no work?

Student Services cannot guarantee that you will receive work.  Requests for Tutors 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.