Questions and answers
I need help with my course. Do I need a tutor?
Before you hire a tutor, try campus resources available to you. If you find yourself struggling in a course, be sure to schedule an appointment with your Professor. You can share your work and ask any questions you may have. In addition to a huge amount of information available online, you can also take advantage of these services available to you:
- Math and Science Help Centre: Tutoring in Math & Science courses
- Writing Centre: Help on improving your written work and writing skills
- Academic Coaching: Increasing your study skills and managing your workload
How do I find a tutor?
Check our list of tutors and contact the tutor offering services for your course. If there is no tutor listed for your course, you might want to contact the department or Professor 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.
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. We recommend setting an introductory meeting to ensure both parties are happy before starting a paid session.
What 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.
How do I sign up to be a tutor?
If you are interested in becoming a tutor, you must fill out and submit the Tutor Registration Form. All courses that you wish to tutor must have been completed with at least a B+.
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 don’t get work?
Student Services cannot guarantee tutors will receive work. Requests for tutors typically increase as the term progresses.
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