Tutoring Expectations

What To Expect At The First Meeting:

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

  • Picture of student and tutorYou agree to meet in a public area.  The UNB libraries and the Student Union Building are popular venues for tutoring on campus.
  • Establish an informal contract with the tutor that outlines your working relationship:
    • How often and where you will meet
    • How the tutor will be paid
    • 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 his/her 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 (ie. You are not benefiting from the tutoring)
  • If the tutor acts in a unprofessional manner
    • Breaks academic policy
    • Asks you to meet in an isolated location
    • Does something inappropriate

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