Tutoring Expectations


When you meet with a prospective tutor for the first time, we recommend the following:

  • Picture of student and tutorSet a time that works for both of you to meet virtually through Microsoft Teams.  
  • Establish an informal contract with the tutor that outlines your working relationship:
    • How often and you will meet
    • How the tutor will be paid (For example, eTransfer, PayPal, etc.)
    • How you will contact one another
    • Establish some goals for tutoring, review them regularly
    • What to do if someone cancels. It is the responsibility of both parties to contact one another in advance if a tutoring session must be cancelled.
  • Bring samples of your work with you. This will help your tutor to understand what you are studying and your level of proficiency.


  • The tutor should not be doing all the talking or doing your work for you.
  • The tutor should NOT be doing your assignments, rather teaching you with similar questions in order for you to complete your assignment on your own.
  • Familiarize yourself with the UNB Plagiarism Policy to ensure success without plagiarism.
  • Understand that if a tutor does not know the answer, they will attempt to find it for you.


  • Be punctual and reliable.
  • Come to tutoring sessions prepared to participate.
  • Write down questions and ideas when you study and bring them with you.
  • Do your homework prior to the tutoring session so that your tutor can best identify ways to support your progress.
  • Give your tutor feedback about their effectiveness in helping you.
  • Tutoring is a partnership which requires your input.
  • Keep your tutor informed about your academic progress as it relates to your tutoring.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT OF YOUR TUTOR? Picture of students and teacher

  • Your tutor should be punctual and reliable.
  • Maintain your confidentiality.
  • Your tutor has shown that he or she is knowledgeable and proficient in the course material.
  • Tutors may not know the answer to every question, but they have a strong understanding of the subject matter and will help you to find answers to your questions.
  • Your tutor should give you honest feedback.
  • You and your tutor should maintain a friendly but professional relationship.


  • When your goals have been met.
  • At the end of the course.
  • If the relationship isn’t working for you.
  • If you are uncomfortable during your session or the tutor acts in a unprofessional manner.
  • You are not benefiting from the tutoring.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact Sara Rothman at Student Services.



Although UNB provides a tutor orientation and suggestions to tutors and students, UNB does not provide any guarantee as to the quality of services or any academic outcomes.

Tutors are not employees or agents of the University of New Brunswick.  The relationship is solely between the tutor and student.  All legal responsibilities for the relationship such as for tax reporting, obtaining payments and other legal requirements are the sole responsibility of the tutor and student.