Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get a tutor?
- For individual tutoring requests, click here [hyperlink to individual tutor request form] . Where you will find a form to fill out. Once you submit the form an appropriate tutor will be found for you. This process usually takes 1-2 working days, although it may take longer depending on tutor availability. When a tutor has been found, you will be alerted by e-mail, given the tutor’s contact information, so that you may contact that person to set up a tutoring schedule.
- Drop-in tutoring [hyperlink to drop-in tutoring PDF]--no signup required! Stop by a drop-in tutoring session for a part of or the full session.
- Join a study group[hyperlink to Study Group page] Studying with other students in your class can help you do better. Submit a request to join - or start - a study group, and SAS will match you up with other interested students in the same class. For posted study groups, no appointment is needed.
When should I use tutoring?
- When you are struggling with a concept
- When you are trying to assess how deeply you comprehend the material
- When you feel stuck on problem-solving
How should I use tutoring?
To get the most out of your time with a tutor, prepare ahead for the session. The tutor will ask what you want to work on, so come knowing what you want to accomplish with the tutor. You might come...
- To work through a question on a problem set
- To review for a test
- To talk through a concept you covered in lecture, lab, or reading
- To organize class material and create study tools
What courses do you tutor?
Student Academic Services’ peer tutoring, open to and free for all Skidmore students
from first-years to seniors, is available (drop-in or by appointment) for most courses,
based on tutor availability. The tutors are your peers—all Skidmore undergraduates
who have been trained to work with you on in specific disciplines, and at all levels.
Their goal is to provide you with a safe, comfortable, congenial place to discuss
any of your academic concerns and questions.
What other tutoring resources are there?
These groups serve students primarily during the academic year. Check out their websites or contact them directly for more information.
The Skidmore College Writing Center, Scribner Library, Room 440; x8441
The Skidmore Writing Center, open to and free for all Skidmore students, has proved to be a vital resource for writers from first-years to seniors. Writing Center tutors are your peers—all Skidmore undergraduates who have been trained to work with you on your writing process, in all disciplines, and at all levels. Their goal is to provide you with a safe, comfortable, congenial place to discuss any of your writing concerns and questions. You can seek a conversation at any stage in the writing process: figuring out where or how to start an assignment, gathering ideas, organizing ideas, beginning a draft, completing a draft, revising, or fine-tuning your prose. Tutors will work with you to analyze a text, develop an argument, compare or integrate theories, write a lab report, or revise personal statements for graduate school, scholarship, or internship applications.
The Accounting & Finance Lab, Scribner Library, Room 417: Monday-Thursday, 8:00-10:00pm
The Accounting & Finance Lab, open to and free for all students, is a resource for any student taking a course in accounting and finance. Accounting & Finance Lab tutors are your peers-all Skidmore undergraduates who have been trained to work with you in your accounting and finance questions. No appointments are necessary-simply stop by the lab and work with an available tutor.
Math & Computer Science (MCS) Lab, Harder 209 (Math) and Harder 207 (CS)
The MCS Peer Tutoring and Computing Lab is operated by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and provides tutorial and computing support for mathematics and computer science courses. Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Tutors are available to assist students working to satisfy QR requirements as well as students enrolled in departmental courses.
Foreign Language Resource Center (FLRC), Bolton 380-381
The Foreign Language Resource Center provides resources for foreign language study.
The facility includes multiple computer stations for use in the evenings, an interactive
Smartboard, and multi-region DVD and VCR players with large screen projection. The
student stations also include webcams and headsets with microphones for intensive
language practice and multimedia production. The FLRC also has an open study area
with four computer workstations for use by students on a drop-in basis. The lab also
offers a lounge area for viewing foreign videos and TV from foreign stations received
by satellite. An adjacent workroom provides 3 additional workstations with hardware
and software to support the production of multimedia projects.
How long do most individual tutoring sessions last?
- Sessions last, on average, 1 hour
- Individual sessions should last no longer than 2 hours
- Students can meet with their individual tutor 1-3 times a week, if needed
Do I need to attend the entire drop-in tutoring session?
No. These sessions last between 1-2 hours. You may attend the full session or any
portion that you choose. You are free to attend as needed.
How do study groups work?
Submit an application [hyperlink] to join or start a study group. We will match you,
via email, with students who have completed a request for the same course. Study groups
meet student academic services during office hours.
How do I become a tutor?
Individual Tutor Application [hyperlink to peer tutor application]
Students applying to be a tutor must:
- Have completed their first-year at Skidmore College
- Have maintained a 3.0 GPA
- Have earned an A, or better in the course
- Have successfully completed a related course in the discipline
- Departmental criteria and review
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